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Bethlehem police Chief Jason Schiffer retiring

Served 20 years with police department

Bethlehem police Chief Jason Schiffer retiring

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Bethlehem police Chief Jason D. Schiffer is retiring after 20 years of service with the city's police department.

His retirement was announced by Mayor John Callahan, who said Schiffer submitted a letter about his plans on Tuesday.

The 42-year-old chief will continue his duties through late August.

"We certainly will miss Chief Schiffer and wish him the best in all future endeavors and opportunities as they present themselves," said Callahan.  "He looks forward to spending more time with his family while selecting his next career. "

Callahan said  Deputy Chief Craig Finnerty will become chief when Schiffer retires. A search will be conducted within the department to fill the deputy chief's position.

Schiffer has been chief for two years, since the retirement of Police Commissioner Stuart Bedics.

"The Bethlehem Police Department is one of the best police organizations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and that is a tribute to Jason's untiring efforts," said the mayor in a statement.

"Our crime rates have continued a downward trend while our crime clearance rates continue to climb. We continue to be the safest city in Pennsylvania with over 30,000 residents and that margin continues to widen."

The mayor said Schiffer also utilized social media in an unprecedented way, moving Bethlehem into a modern era of public transparency, accountability and partnership with the community.

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