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Pittsburgh lieutenant picked as new police chief for Elizabethtown

Posted 12/27/17

The Elizabethtown Borough Council approved the appointment of Edward M. Cunningham Jr. as the borough's next chief of police Dec. 21.

He will be sworn in at borough council’s Jan. 2 …

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Pittsburgh lieutenant picked as new police chief for Elizabethtown

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The Elizabethtown Borough Council approved the appointment of Edward M. Cunningham Jr. as the borough's next chief of police Dec. 21.

He will be sworn in at borough council’s Jan. 2 reorganization meeting. Cunningham will replace Chief Jack Mentzer, who retires at the end of 2017 after 36 years with the Elizabethtown Police Department, 12 years as chief.

Cunningham comes to Elizabethtown following a public service career of nearly 23 years as a police officer with the city of Pittsburgh. He has served in a number of specialized units and is currently a lieutenant.

“Mr. Cunningham’s professional background, leadership skills, and diverse experiences in policing will provide a smooth leadership transition for the department,” said Borough Council President Marc Hershey.

During his candidacy for the position, Cunningham emphasized his strong interest in service as chief in a town the size of Elizabethtown and becoming deeply engaged in the community.

Cunningham cited generations of police and public service in his family, in particular in small communities.

“Mr. Cunningham's enthusiasm for serving and being a part of the Elizabethtown community is most welcome, and we look forward to establishing a long professional relationship during the tenure of his service,” Mayor Chuck Mummert said.