New Slate of Leadership with the Hiring of Police Chief and City Engineer

November 2, 2023

City of Traverse City Announces New Slate of Leadership with the Hiring of Police Chief and City Engineer

The City of Traverse City is thrilled to introduce its new Police Chief and City Engineer as part of a comprehensive initiative aimed at rejuvenating the leadership team and closing the gap on key leadership positions within the City.

The City is proud to announce the appointment of Matthew Richmond as the new Police Chief and Anne Pagano as the new City Engineer. This significant development marks a pivotal moment for the City to welcome two experienced professionals to the City’s leadership team. Richmond began his career with the City in 2004. He has been assigned as a Detective, promoted to Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant, and most recently Captain of Patrol Services, and Interim Chief in 2023. He has also served as the School Resource Officer at Central High School, Crime Scene Technician, Interdiction Team Leader, and a Motor Cycle Officer. Richmond holds a Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership degree. He assumed the role of Police Chief on October 22, 2023.

Pagano, the newly appointed City Engineer, comes to the City with a strong background in civil and environmental engineering. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa. Pagano holds her professional engineering certificate in three states and brings over 25 years career experience in engineering and infrastructure improvement. She will assume the role on January 8, 2024.

“Our future is looking brighter with these leaders stepping into their new roles. These appointments mark the beginning of a new era of leadership in the City. The selection process was rigorous and thorough, underscoring the City's commitment to finding the best and brightest leaders for our community, stated Kristine Bosley, Human Resources Director. “Chief Richmond brings a wealth of experience and leadership skills to the Traverse City Police Department. With a distinguished career in law enforcement spanning nearly two decades, he has a proven track record of community engagement, public safety, and organizational excellence. Additionally, we look forward to Ms. Pagano assuming her role as City Engineer. We know that she will be successful with her leadership, collaboration, and communications skills.”

The City of Traverse City is actively working to close the gap on hiring a number of essential leadership positions. Most recently, Elizabeth Vogel was appointed as City Manager; and Ms. Vogel has been consulted and engaged in the naming of the Police Chief and City Engineer. As the Administrator and Chief Financial Officer for Missaukee County since 2021, Vogel has been responsible for the preparation of the annual County budget, creating and annually updating the six-year capital improvement plan, supervising nine County Departments, and determining the strategy for the bargaining and administration of all labor agreements, among many other duties. Prior to Missaukee County, Vogel served as the Deputy Supervisor for Clinton Township. She is a graduate of Albion College, and has a Master of Arts from Loyola University, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Baker College. She is also an International City/County Management Association Credentialed Manager. Vogel assumes her role as City Manager on January 2, 2024.

An official swearing in ceremony for the Chief of Police, Matthew Richmond, will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at 1:30 pm in the Governmental Center’s Commission Chambers, 400 Boardman Avenue.