The town of Matthews on Monday named Clark Pennington as the new chief of police. He succeeds Rob Hunter, who retired as chief in October after 30 years with the Matthews Police Department.
Pennington has more than 25 years of law enforcement experience, including nearly 20 with the Frederick, Md., police department. He most recently served as commander of criminal investigations in Frederick.
"Clark's credentials and experience were just what we were looking for in our next chief," Matthews Town Manager Hazen Blodgett said in a news release. "I plan to continue the standards recognized in professional law enforcement organizations and lead this agency based on trust and transparency," Pennington said in the release.
Pennington will begin work as Matthews' police chief on January 2.