Deputy Chief Randy Bowers is a 35-year veteran of the Erie Police Force. He succeeds Chief Steve Franklin, who's retiring.
"The department is in good shape, we have a good police department I think confidence from the public is high," said Bowers. "Every police department has issue it's going to have issues, and you deal with the issues as they arise. But I think I'm fortunate to be taking over a department that's functioning, and I don't see a lot of massive changes that need to be made. It's a good department."
Chief Bowers says he'll continue the focus on gun violence, and targeting violent offenders, but he also plans to do more community policing, building better relationships within the community. Efforts that he hopes will eventually put a dent in the ongoing issue of uncooperative witnesses, which often get officers' hard work tossed, and puts criminals back out on the streets.
"I think we could always use a little bit more cooperation when it comes to witnesses and the public and that's an area that every department struggles with but I'd like to make some inroads in that area if I can."
Becoming chief is extra special for Bowers, as he's following in the footsteps of both his father, and brother.
"It's an honor to serve in the capacity of chief. I grew up in a police family and it's an honor to take this job that my father and brother had, certainly."
Bowers will officially be sworn in on Tuesday.