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Police chief switches from Allentown to South Whitehall Twp.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Chief Glen Dorney says opportunity is prompting him to hang up his uniform at the Allentown Police Department and switch it for one at South Whitehall Township.

"This is a great opportunity, I wasn't looking for a job. South Whitehall kind of popped up on the radar," Dorney said.

Dorney wraps up 21 years of service to the Queen City April 6.

Interim Mayor Roger MacLean says at that time he will appoint someone until Allentown's new mayor is selected by city council and that person does either one of two things:

Opens a nationwide search for a chief or chooses someone from within. 

Whoever is chosen will be the fourth chief in three years. 

"There's a whole lot of assets that come in when you're looking for a chief. I think being available for the officers, being available for city staff, being available for the citizens is a big part of it," MacLean said.

Dorney says in the last few years the Allentown Police Department has done a good job at promoting from within and building a strong core of command officers and staff.

He says he hopes the post ultimately goes to someone he knows. 

"There's pride here and there are schools and there's this department in our hearts whereas somebody from the outside as we've shown in the past, you know, it's typically been seen as a stepping stone to get to the next level and I don't think anybody has that in mind so I'd like to see an internal candidate get the spot," he said.

Dorney says South Whitehall has a lot of great initiatives and programs already in place, but he wants to focus more on community policing.

In the meantime, whoever the new Allentown mayor picks to replace Dorney will have to be approved by city council.

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