North Huntingdon police chief is retiring
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Longtime North Huntingdon police Chief Michael Daugherty is "retiring to retire."
Township commissioners this month accepted his retirement letter, effective March 1. They are advertising to fill the position on the township's website: township.north-huntingdon.pa.us.
Chief Daugherty, 59, of North Huntingdon, emphasized that he is not retiring to take a job elsewhere. "I'm retiring to retire and travel," he said.
He began his career in law enforcement 38 years ago as a patrolman, the township's 19th police officer. He served as acting chief for two years and as police chief for the last five years.
Chief Daugherty, who has a bachelor's degree in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, recalled that the biggest challenge of his career was to hold together and smoothly run a department that grew to 29 police officers and six dispatchers.
He and his wife, Regina, like to travel and said they plan to go to Aruba and the Bahamas.
Also at the Jan. 18 meeting, the commissioners accepted the retirements of police Sgt. David Bertok, effective Feb. 1, and of police Cpl. William Corrie, effective March 1.
Commissioners also passed Ordinance 2171, which makes changes in how civil service testing will be conducted so the township's regulations will meet new requirements in state law.
During discussion, township officials said North Huntingdon had been delaying civil service testing to screen new police officers until the ordinance was passed.
Officials said it will take at least six months to do the testing and come up with a list of eligible candidates for police officer positions.
"The faster we get it through the civil service commission, the better off the township will be," Mr. Daugherty said.
The township will test candidates for patrolman and sergeant.
First Published January 26, 2012 12:00 am