Matthews selects new police chief

MATTHEWS – The Town of Matthews has selected Michael R. “Mike” Clesceri as chief of the Matthews Police Department following a nationwide search. 

Clesceri most recently served as the chief of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office in Woodstock, Illinois. He has held many roles in his more than 33 years in law enforcement, including chief, assistant chief of investigations, commander, sergeant, patrol and K9 officer, gang investigator, swat operator and major narcotics detective.

“Our recruitment process sought a leader who not only possesses exceptional skills and experience, but also someone who aligns with our community’s values, and Mike stood out as the ideal candidate for this role,” Town Manager Becky Hawke said. “He has an excellent track record of effective leadership and organizational development, collaborative relationship- and consensus-building, a demonstrated commitment to continuing education and training, an even-keeled demeanor, and sound integrity and judgment. I am confident in Mike’s ability to shepherd the department forward as it continues to protect and serve the Matthews community.”

Clesceri will oversee operations carried out by 87 full and part-time employees.

“I am excited and humbled about the opportunity to serve as the next chief of police in Matthews,” Clesceri said. “Matthews is a wonderful town, rich in culture, history and diversity.  I am looking forward to enhancing relationships in the community and building upon the solid foundation of a great department.”

Clesceri is the first permanent hire for police chief since Clark Pennington, who served from January 2018 to August 2022. Interim Chief Roy Sisk will resume his position as major when Clesceri begins his new role March 11.


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Clesceri is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, and Harvard Kennedy School for Crisis Leadership. He received his Executive Juris Doctor of Law Degree from Concord Law School of Purdue University and has a bachelor’s degree in business management.

The Charlotte Weekly