READING, Pa. -

A retired U.S. Marshal has taken on a new role in law enforcement.

Berks County Sheriff Eric Weaknecht has appointed Bryant M. Semenza as his office's chief deputy, effective Wednesday.

Semenza has more than 35 years of law enforcement experience at both the federal and local levels. He's also a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves.

As a U.S. Marshal in New York, Semenza established and supervised anti-terrorist details and served as a team leader on 9/11 search and rescue/recovery operations.

He was also instrumental in establishing "Operation Terror Stop" and perimeter security for the U.S. Courthouse following the first attack on the World Trade Center, Weaknecht said.

In Pennsylvania, Semenza developed the U.S. Marshal Services' district sub-office task forces, one of which is the Berks County Sheriff's Office.

As chief deputy, Semenza will be responsible for the overall operations of the sheriff's office and supervise five captains, Weaknecht said. He will also oversee policy and procedures and will be responsible for the office budget.