Logansport mayor-elect Chris Martin announced three more appointments to his cabinet on Tuesday, following up on his appointments of Stacy Cox as deputy mayor and Dahrol Perry as director of communications on Monday.

The latest appointments are Kelly Leeman as city attorney, Mendy Asselin as the mayor’s administrative assistant and Travis Yike as chief of police.

Yike would replace Robert C. Smith, who has served as police chief since August 2017, when Brad Rozzi retired and Smith moved up from the assistant chief position.

Smith couldn’t be reached for comment.

Yike has been with the LPD since 2005 and began his law enforcement career in 1997 as a military police officer, joining the LPD after leaving the U.S. Army.

During his training in the military, he also earned 27 credits from Northern University of Virginia.

“I wanted someone who had experience and understanding of the department and those on the front line. I didn’t want an office person but a chief who was willing to be on the road when called upon. Travis Yike exemplifies all those things and more,” Martin stated in the press release about the appointment.

While working for Logansport, Yike has been promoted to the rank of 1st Sergeant, has been a shift supervisor for approximately 10 years and has served on the Logansport SWAT team and was team leader.

He’s also been a K9 officer for 10 years and attended several Police K9 competitions, winning several awards. He was awarded officer of the year in 2007 and 2018 and was awarded the meritorious service medal.

“(Yike) is going to build a positive environment in our police department that will assist our officers in understanding more about our community and the importance of having positive leadership throughout our entire community,” Martin stated.

City attorney

As city attorney, Leeman will replace Yamir Gonzalez-Velez, and his son, Mark K. Leeman, will help with the duties and responsibilities of the office, according to the press release announcing Martin’s appointment of him.

The release states that Leeman first worked for the city while in law school, spending a summer codifying the city ordinances for the first time in 50 years.

He then served as deputy city attorney under George Brubaker after graduating Indiana University’s law school.

When Brubaker died during the latter part of Mayor Gene Monahan’s second term, Leeman was appointed to city attorney and remained there during Monahan’s third term and then for both of Mayor William Vernon’s two terms.

Under Mayor Mike Fincher, Leeman first shared city attorney duties with Thomas Perrone and then Leo Burns — both of whom went on to become judges — and then with his son during Fincher’s second term.

“Kelly will, without a doubt, represent this city with an extreme knowledge no one else can come close too. With the amount of lawsuits we’ve seen under the last two mayors, Logansport needs an attorney like Kelly Leeman back at the helm,” Martin stated.

Administrative assistant

Administrative assistant appointee Asselin stated in a press release that she has 30 years’ experience in the clerical and management field with the same company.

She also helped start a preschool curriculum and was secretary for it and has been a Sunday school teacher for 20 years.

“As the receptionist for the Pediatric and Adult Therapy Clinic, I was responsible for insurance billings and authorizations, scheduling, filing, as well as switchboard operator when needed,” she stated.

“My responsibility as manager included overseeing the building and monitoring the multiple programs along with supervising staff,” stated Asselin.

Martin said, “Working with her at Bona Vista, I quickly recognized experience, confidence and positivity the mayor’s office needs under the Martin administration. Mendy and I also share many visions for Logansport, and her faith has only helped in making the decision to have her as the mayor’s administrative assistant.”

Reach James D. Wolf Jr. at james.wolf@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5117. Twitter: @JamesDWolfJr

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