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Mayor Ed Pawlowski announces new Allentown police promotions

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has announced a shuffle in command within the city's police department.

Police Chief Roger MacLean is retiring effective September 13. Friday is his last day in the office, Pawlowski said at a news conference.

Assistant Chief Joe  Hanna will be interim chief.

MacLean joined the department as a police cadet in 1972 and became an officer in 1974. Before being named chief by Pawlowski in 2006, MacLean had served in command positions in the patrol and investigative divisions and had served as acting chief from December 2001 to April 2002.

Chief MacLean holds an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice from Lehigh County Community College, a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from DeSales University.

"I will always be grateful to Roger for his leadership of the department," said Pawlowski. "He saw the city through very difficult times after massive retirements in 2006. Since that time the city's crime rate has dropped considerably. Management of any organization of the department's size is a challenge, but Roger handled it extremely well."

Hanna joined the department in 1979.

He joined the Criminal Investigations Division as a sergeant in 1988. As a lieutenant, he headed the Community Police/Crime Prevention Unit from 1997-2002 when he also briefly headed the Special Operations Group. In September 2002 he was promoted to Captain in the Patrol Division and was commander of Police Service Area III. In March 2005 Hanna served as Captain of the Vice and Intelligence Division and then assumed the added responsibility of Captain of the Criminal Investigations Division. He was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police-Operations in January 2006.

Hanna earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Moravian College. He holds a Certificate of Completion from the US Department of Justice FBI National Academy and has completed advanced police studies at Northwestern University Center for Public Safety.

The city is conducting a search for its next permanent police chief.

Pawlowski also announced the promotions of Captain Jorge Medero to Assistant Chief-Operations and Gail Struss to captain.

"It is with a great deal of pride that I announce the promotion of the first Latino assistant chief of police and the first female police captain in the long history of the Allentown Police Department," said Pawlowski. "Allentown is a very diverse city and we need to reflect that diversity in our city government. Jorge and Gail are excellent officers who have earned their stripes and can be counted-on to meet their new responsibilities."

Pawlowski also announced that Lieutenant William Reinik and Sergeant Tony Alsleben will be promoted to captain upon the retirements of Captain Daryl Hendricks and Captain Dean Schwartz.

Reinik and Alsleben will shadow Hendricks and Schwartz over the next four months.

Hendricks and Schwartz are among the officers who must retire before the end of the year.

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