PLYMOUTH — Fighting back tears, Plymouth Township Police Chief John Myrsiades recognized Lt. Karen Mabry, who he began his career with 30 years ago, and who has since become a friend and someone he described as a “counselor and confidant.”
Mabry will retire effective July 31. A U.S. Army veteran, she began her career with the Plymouth Township Police Department in February 1989.
“Karen has been a mainstay in the township,” Chief Myrsiades said during Monday’s Plymouth Township Council meeting. “She’s been a mentor to countless men and women, both within the organization and beyond, achieving the highest rank of any female officer in the history of the Plymouth Township Police Department.”
Throughout her career, she has served in nearly every unit within the police department, according to the Chief. She worked alongside Myrsiades in the Juvenile Unit and was a certified K-9 handler prior to her promotion to Sergeant. She was later promoted to Detective Sergeant and, in 2009, to her current role as Lieutenant.
She served as the department’s Accreditation Manager and ensured the community’s safety as the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator. Lt. Mabry also served as the department’s Crisis Negotiator.
Mabry has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Temple University. She serves as an executive board member of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Women in Law Enforcement and as an advocate for women overcoming barriers in the public safety profession.
“I will miss Karen,” Myrsiades said. “Mostly, I will miss her friendship. She is a good person with an outgoing nature and an infectious laugh.”
Echoing the chief’s sentiments, Council Vice Chairman Christopher Manero, when it came time to accept Mabry’s resignation said jokingly before casting his vote, “If I say no that means we don’t let her retire.”