Bethlehem City Council Monday night approved the mayor’s choice for police chief.
Lt. Det. Mark DiLuzio, who joined the department in 1989, was not only Mayor Robert Donchez’ choice but Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli's.
Morganelli praised DiLuzio’s organizational skills, attention to detail and preparedness in comments made to council before the vote.
“He can lead the department,” Morganelli told council. “He’s an excellent cop.”
Donchez, whose father was a city detective, said he has known DiLuzio for 18 years and considers him a friend.
“I believe he’s the person Bethlehem needs at this time,” Donchez said.
Council voted unanimously to appoint DiLuzio, though during discussions before the vote, Bryan Callahan said he feared the move would set a precedent for future mayors to “bring in their man” when they take office.
Donchez said DiLuzio shared his philosophy on putting more police on the street during high-crime periods and possibly adding a beat officer in the city’s downtown.
The mayor said he and the new chief also believe in the value of community policing and see a place for social media in the department.
The goal, he said, is to use the department’s resources in the most effective way.