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Chief Kimberly Stewart has recently announced her official intent to retire from the Erie Police Department. Her final day will land ten years to the date of her start as a commander in 2013. Over the past ten years, her commitment has impacted every community member.
One such achievement during her tenure was surpassing the nationwide ’30×30 Initiative’ without signing the official pledge, but by naturally doing so simply because she knew it was the right thing to do. She departs the Erie Police Department standing at 40 percent female, seven years before the national goal of 30 percent female by 2030.
With Chief Stewart at the helm, the entire department more than doubled. She also established new positions and sections to include a detective sergeant, training sergeant, traffic unit, public information officer, victim services unit, and drone and K9 units.
In addition, Chief Stewart implemented community review panels to assess professional standards and directives and expanded the property and evidence unit. “Chief’s leadership, dedication, and passion for service have inspired many. She has been a trailblazer, mentor, and an advocate for change. She has led us with a steady hand, a compassionate heart, and an unwavering commitment to our community,” remarked Deputy Chief Lee Mathis.
Chief Stewart will retire on August 30, 2023.