Interim police chief promoted to chief in Carnegie

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Sgt. Jeffrey L. Kennedy will be the new Carnegie police chief.

Sgt. Kennedy, who this month was named interim police chief, will become chief on Aug. 9, the retirement date of Jeffrey Harbin.

Council approved the promotion Monday at a special meeting.

Mayor Jack Kobistek administered the oath of office to Sgt. Kennedy, 52, who has been a police officer for nearly 30 years. He has been with Carnegie's force since 1988 and was with Edgewood's police department for four years before that.

Chief Harbin has been a police officer, sergeant and chief for 37 years.

About 50 people attended the meeting on Monday, and some made comments about Sgt. Kennedy and Chief Harbin.

Former Mayor Bob Heinrich described the naming of Chief Harbin to lead the force and the hiring of Sgt. Kennedy as "good decisions" on officials' part.

Tributes to the two came from guests including county Councilman Mike Finnerty; Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald; U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair; state Rep. Nick Kotik, D-Robinson; and state Sen. Wayne Fontana. D-Brookline.

Council member Pat Catena read a resolution from council honoring the men.

"The two Jeffs are the most professional guys I've ever encountered," Councilman Bob Veres said.

Council members Sue Demko and Carol Covi expressed confidence that Sgt. Kennedy will be able to fill the big shoes to be vacated by Chief Harbin.

"I truly am looking forward to working with you," Mayor Kobistek told the new chief. "I know you'll put your spin on the police department, which is what we want you to do."

Chief Harbin's last day on the job will be Friday.

Because he has unused vacation time, he will be paid as chief through Aug. 9.

He and his wife plan to spend their retirement years in North Carolina.


Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer:


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