Police Chief Edward M. Cunningham Jr. was sworn in to his new job at the reorganizational meeting of the Elizabethtown Borough Council.
“I’m extremely excited to be appointed as chief of police for Elizabethtown Borough,” Cunningham said right after he was sworn in by Mayor Chuck Mummert the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Cunningham comes to Elizabethtown from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police where he held the rank of lieutenant after nearly 23 years there. But he said as a third-generation police officer, he has believed in the power of community-focused policing since he was a child. He said he plans to spend the rest of his career working in Elizabethtown and looks forward to being a part of the community.
“Thank you for welcoming me to the borough; thank you for welcoming me to the community,” Cunningham said.
Cunningham is the successor to Chief Jack Mentzer, who retired at the end of 2017 after 12 years as police chief. Mentzer, who spent a total of 36 years on the police force, sat in the audience at the meeting. The Borough Council plans to recognize his service at its Jan. 18 meeting.
Also at the Jan. 2 meeting, re-elected Councilors Marc Hershey and Neil Ketchum were sworn in to new terms along with new Councilor Bill Troutman. Hershey was unanimously elected council president and Ketchum was unanimously elected council vice president.