Chief of Police Mary Sclabassi

On October 26, 2012, Chief Mary Sclabassi was sworn in as the ninth chief of police in the history of the Taylor Police Department.

Previously, she served as the commander in charge of the Investigative Services Division and Internal Affairs from 2011 to 2012 and prior to that was the lieutenant in charge of the Investigative Division. 

Chief Sclabassi was born and raised in Allen Park and joined the Taylor Police Department in 1994 as a patrol officer.

Sclabassi performed traditional patrol duties, and in 1996 Mary was selected by the Michigan State Police to work undercover in a Downriver narcotics task force for two years.  She was also assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration Metro Airport Task Force, where she gained experience in large scale national drug trafficking cases.

After her special assignments, she resumed duties as a patrol officer and in 1999 was promoted to the rank of corporal. 

She then worked as a detective in the Investigative Services Division until September 2001 when she was promoted to the rank of sergeant.

She worked as a supervisor in the patrol division before being transfer as a supervisor of the Detective Bureau.

In 2009, she was promoted to lieutenant and put in charge of the Detective Bureau, overseeing one of the busiest detective bureaus in the Metro Detroit area. 

Mary has been active in developing programs to improve police-community relationships including the Taylor Police Citizens Advisory Committee, crime prevention education programs, National Night Out and neighborhood watch groups.

She has received several departmental awards and commendations including the Mayor’s Medal in 1995 for her involvement in a case involving the corruption of a Downriver court clerk, as well as a Unit Commendation Medal from the Farmington Hills Police Department; and Merit Awards from the Michigan State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

She is a member of the Wayne County Detectives Association, Michigan Crime Prevention Association of Michigan, and the National Internal Affairs Investigators Association.

Chief Sclabassi has a bachelor degree from Wayne State University and is also a 2005 graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff & Command, a prestigious executive police school.  Has also received a masters degree in criminal justice from the University of Detroit-Mercy.  She is currently enrolled in the Criminal Justice Leadership Studies Program at Madonna University.

Sclabassi also serves on the Wayne County Sexual Assault Collaborative and is on the planning board of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Detroit.

Chief Sclabassi can be reached at