Miner names Fowler Chief of Police, McLees Chief of Fire

staff reports 12/17/09
Mayor-elect Stephanie A. Miner today announced that current Deputy Chief Frank Fowler will serve as Chief of Police and current District Chief Mark McLees will serve as Chief of Fire in her administration.

Fowler has served as Deputy Chief of the Community Services Bureau for five years and has been a member of the Syracuse Police Department since 1989. He is a veteran of the United States Army, serving three years of active duty and 17 years in the Army Reserves. Fowler received an Army Accommodation Medal during Operation Desert Storm.

“Chief Fowler has displayed exemplary professionalism throughout his tenure with the Syracuse Police Department,” Miner said. “I believe that with his professional example, attitude and experience guiding the Police Department we will be able to make progress in all of our neighborhoods.”

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the new mayor and to build better relationships between the Police Department and city residents, with the goals of strengthening our neighborhoods and improving the quality of life for all residents in our city,” Fowler said. “I am confident that together we can rebuild our city street by street and block by block.”

McLees is a 24-year veteran of the Syracuse Fire Department and has served as District Chief for nine years. He has a bachelor’s degree in fire science from John Jay College in New York City. McLees lectures and assists in hands-on firefighting training programs across the country.

“Chief McLees is an outstanding public servant,” Miner said. “He will provide the leadership necessary to ensure the Syracuse Fire Department maintains its top Class One ISO (Insurance Service Office) rating and will continue to be known across the city for its emphasis on providing top-notch ‘customer service’ when serving city residents.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with the Mayor-elect because I share her creativity and her passion for making a difference in Syracuse,” McLees said.

Miner also announced her appointments for First Deputy Chief of Police and First Deputy Chief of Fire.

Current Deputy Chief David Barrette will serve as First Deputy Chief of Police. Barrette has been Deputy Chief of the Uniform Bureau since 2005 and has 35 years of experience in the Syracuse Police Department. Barrette served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force from 1969-1973 and has a master’s degree in criminal justice.

Current District Chief Charlie Duffy will serve as First Deputy Chief of Fire. Duffy is a 24-year veteran of the Syracuse Fire Department, serving for the past nine years as District Chief. Duffy’s son, Colin, is also a firefighter at the Rescue Company.

Fowler and Barrette are city residents. McLees and Duffy currently reside outside of Syracuse, but will be moving into the city.

Fowler will replace retiring Police Chief Gary Miguel and McLees will replace retiring Fire Chief Fred Plumpton. Barrette will replace retiring First Deputy Chief Michael Heenan and Duffy will replace Acting First Deputy Chief Ed Kurtz, who has chosen to return to the rank of Deputy Chief.

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