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Chief Robin Lees is a lifelong resident of the Youngstown area, graduating from Austintown Fitch High School. Upon graduation, Chief Lees enlisted in the U.S. Army and served three years as a Military Policeman. He was stationed in the U.S. and Europe and attained the rank of Sergeant, prior to his honorable discharge.

Following his military service, Chief Lees returned to Youngstown and established a residence on the west side. Chief Lees applied to become a YPD Auxiliary Officer and was appointed in 1976. After serving two years as an Auxiliary Officer, Chief Lees was hired as a full time patrol officer in 1978. Chief Lees worked his way through the ranks of YPD being promoted to Lieutenant in 1996.

During his career, Chief Lees served in a variety of uniform and plain clothes assignments that included Vice Squad, SWAT Team, and Federally Deputized Task Forces. Chief Lees eventually served as Commander of the Mahoning Valley Task Force and Regional SWAT Team.

Chief Lees chose to further his education by using the G.I. Bill to attend YSU, obtaining an AAS Degree in Police Science and continued to until the benefits were exhausted. Chief Lees also took advantage of other educational opportunities, attending dozens of State and federally sponsored schools and seminars, including to include the 198th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.

Chief Lees retired as a Lieutenant in 2011 and returned to Y.P.D. when he was appointed Chief in 2014 by then Mayor John McNally. Chief Lees was reappointed by Mayor Jamal Tito Brown in March 2018.

During his tenure, Chief Lees has reinstated Community Policing and has stressed diversity in hiring. He has streamlined the Department by reorganizing into three divisions, thereby eliminating two Captain positions. Chief Lees has promoted training and career development for all officers.

The YPD staffing consists of 155 Sworn Officer positions, and 48 full and part time Civilians, which includes the 911 Center. The YPD has three basic divisions that include Patrol, Detectives, and Services (Administration). Other specialized units include Community Police, Vice Squad, Bomb Squad, Task Force Officers, Motorcycle Unit, and CIRV (Community Initiative to Reduce Violence).

Chief Lees has received numerous awards and commendations during his career, including the YPD Valor Award.

Chief Lees is married to the former Wendy Garling and has two daughters and four grandchildren.

Chief Robin Lees portrait
Robin Lees

Police Chief

Appointed: 2014
Phone: (330) 742-8921
Fax: (330) 744-7452