Green Tree names new police chief

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Green Tree Council unanimously named Robert Downey, Jr. of Baldwin Township as its new police chief on Monday night, effective Jan. 14.

Chief Downey, 56, who heads the police force at California University of Pennsylvania, was selected from a field of 41 applicants to replace Andrew Lisiecki who resigned in May to become chief in North Huntingdon.

"I'm really looking forward to coming here. There aren't too many jobs I would have left California for," he said as he thanked officials for their faith and trust in him.

Green Tree Council members were equally pleased.

"Out of several dozen candidates, Mr. Downey set himself apart," Councilman David Rea said.

His hiring, which will bring the number of officers in Green Tree's police department to 10, is conditional upon his passing physical and psychological exams, as well as providing Act 120 police certification.

His salary has not yet been determined

A law enforcement officer for more than 32 years, Chief Downey is a Pittsburgh native who described himself as a "go-getter." He also is an elected commissioner in Baldwin Township and serves as a member of the Medical Rescue Team South Authority.

He formerly was chief of police at Slippery Rock University and spent 28 years with the Allegheny County Police. He holds criminal justice degrees from LaRoche College and Cincinnati University and enjoys sports, writing and teaching.

Chief Downey is happy with what he sees in Green Tree.

"They've always had a good [police] department and a good solid community," he said.

He and his wife have three grown children, one grandchild and another grandchild expected in the spring.

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Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com


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