South Charlotte

Town appoints new public info officer

Matthews Police Cpl. Lori Valdes has been named the Community Resource and Public Information Officer for the Matthews Police Department.

Valdes replaces Stason Tyrrell, who recently was promoted to sergeant.

Valdes, 37, spent seven years with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office before joining the Matthews department seven years ago as a patrol officer.

Valdes was promoted to corporal in 2007, and most recently served as patrol supervisor.

In her new position, Valdes will be the voice of the Police Department and the go-to person for community involvement where the department is concerned, responsibilities she says she's looking forward to.

"I'm a people person," Valdes said.

"I really enjoy being with people and being involved with community events."

In her new role, she will help lead various programs, ranging from car-seat checks to visits with local preschool children to Neighborhood Watch meetings to the Citizen's Police Academy that begins in February.

Valdes is a native of New York who attended Pfeiffer University and received her basic law-enforcement training from Central Piedmont Community College.

Valdes can be contacted at or by calling 704-845-1651.