Collier hires new police chief

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Craig Lee Campbell is the Collier Commissioners' unanimous choice to be the township's new police chief, effective Aug. 4.

He will replace Police Chief Thomas Devin, who will retire July 31 after 37 years of police service.

Lt. Campbell, a 26-year police veteran who has worked with four police departments including the City of Pittsburgh, was selected from a field of 64 applications from all over the country and Canada, said Collier Manager Sal Sirabella.

A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, Lt. Campbell played a pivotal role in the April 2009 negotiations with Richard Poplawski, who was found guilty of killing three police officers and wounding two others in the Stanton Heights section of Pittsburgh.

In addition to his crime fighting skills, Lt. Campbell has experience in police administrative work, too.

The new chief will be sworn in at the Collier Commissioners' Aug. 13 meeting, which will start at 7 p.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer:

First Published July 10, 2014 12:00 AM

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