Lisa Mangum recommended for chief of CMS Police Department

Lisa Mangum, a 34-year veteran of police work, has been nominated to become the new chief of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Police Department (CMSPD) on July 2.

Mangum, who moved to Charlotte when she was 3 years old ("I consider that a native!" she says), is a graduate of CMS schools. She joined CMSPD in 2014 after almost three decades with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Her law-enforcement career there included work as a patrol officer, homicide detective, patrol sergeant, street drug-interdiction sergeant and homicide sergeant.

"We are fortunate to have Lisa in our ranks and it is my honor to recommend her for the position of chief," said Dr. Clayton Wilcox, superintendent. "She is a true professional who is respected by her colleagues in CMSPD and in the other agencies who work with the department each day to keep our kids safe."

Dr. Wilcox's appointment of Mangum will be voted on by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. Her appointment will fill a vacancy created by the departure of longtime CMSPD Chief Randy Hagler, who retired at the end of June.

"I am looking forward to serving the students and the district," Mangum said. "Making sure that every student has an equal opportunity to learn and grow is important to me as a police professional and as a citizen. I'm honored to be able to help make that happen in CMS."

Mangum earned a degree in criminal justice from Appalachian State before joining the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. She has won multiple honors during her career, including a Democratic National Convention Commendation from the chief in 2012, a citation for excellence in homicide investigations, a commendation for creating a resource guide for homicide victims' families and a CMPD Women of Distinction Award.

Mangum is also active in the larger community, serving on local and national advocacy groups for education and law enforcement.