Chief of Police

Chief PenningtonClark A. Pennington has been named Chief of the Matthews Police Department. Pennington has over 25 years of law enforcement experience, including nearly 20 years with the Frederick Police Department in Frederick, Maryland of which he served over 10 years as a Commander.
Pennington’s career includes assignments as the commander of the Patrol Division, overseeing 82 patrol officers; the Criminal Investigations Division; the Special Operations Division; the Special Response Team and Crisis Negotiations Team Commander; and assignment as the Deputy Chief of Police.
Most recently Pennington served as the Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) consisting of approximately 50 detectives and six civilians.  His duties included overseeing all long-term criminal investigations for the Frederick Police Department. The CID includes the Violent Crimes and Special Investigations Unit, Crime Scene Unit, Victim Services Unit, Drug Enforcement Unit, Street Crimes Unit, K9 Unit, Crash Teams, and Special Response Team (SWAT).  Pennington has also served as the Public Information Officer for the Frederick Police Department since 2008.
“Being chosen as the new chief of police for the Matthews Police Department is the high point of my career,” Pennington said. “I am honored by the confidence the town leadership has placed in me. I plan to continue the standards recognized in professional law enforcement organizations and lead this agency based on trust and transparency – the Matthews Police Department will be a department that partners with its community to provide a safe environment for all of our residents and visitors.” 

Pennington began his career in public service in 1992 when he joined the United States Army. Following his military service, Pennington joined the Frederick Police Department in 1998. During his police service, Pennington graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland with a degree in Criminal Justice and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Pennington is an adjunct Criminal Justice Professor at Hood College,Frederick Community College, and Mount Saint Mary’s University.


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