A 14½ -year veteran of the Roswell Police Department has been named the department’s deputy chief. Mike Stanton was selected to become the second in command by Chief Phil Smith. Stanton’s promotion from his current rank of commander is effective March 31.
Stanton began his career at RPD as a dispatcher in 2003 when the department did its own dispatching before the current regional dispatch center was established to handle multiple agencies. He became a patrol officer in 2005. Since then, Stanton has served in RPD as a patrol sergeant, a violent-crime task force detective and the commander of the Support Services Division, the position he has held since September 2014.
“Mike Stanton has worked his way through the ranks with efficiency and professionalism,” said Chief Smith. “Deputy Chief Stanton embraces the Roswell Police Department’s commitment to community outreach and agency transparency, which contribute to achieving the goal of improving our community’s quality of life. I am quite proud of Deputy Chief Stanton’s ongoing commitment to our departmental mission and look forward to his future contributions in his new capacity.”
Stanton described his promotion as “a very exciting opportunity for me both personally and professionally.”
“I am appreciative of the trust Chief Smith and our other city leadership have placed in me,” Stanton said. “I am looking forward to continuing to work with Chief Smith toward building strong community partnerships. Through these partnerships, we hope to have a significant effect on crime while cultivating a culture of trust between the Roswell Police Department and the community we serve.”
Mike Mathews, the City of Roswell’s Director of Special Services, which includes the city’s public-safety agencies, expressed confidence Stanton “will do a great job going forward with the police department.”
As the new deputy chief takes his position, RPD is also making additional changes to its command staff. Commander Fil Gonzales will take charge of the Support Services Division, Commander Tom Moody will oversee the Criminal Investigations Division, and Sgt. Joe Smith has been promoted to commander and will lead the Patrol Division. Commander Mike Taylor remains in charge of the Special Investigations Division.