Chief to Retire

It’s an announcement that caught many by surprise. After 23 years with
the Hazleton City Police Department, the Chief is hanging up his badge.
In a letter to News 13 Wednesday night, Chief Robert Ferdinand announced
his retirement from The Police Dept. effective March 29. Ferdinand
stated he is retiring in order to pursue other interests and spend time
with his family. Ferdinand said he was honored for the opportunity to
have worked with former mayor Lou Barletta and Mayor Joe Yannuzzi and
found his time with the department rewarding. He was also honored to
have worked beside some of the finest law enforcement officers: the
officers and staff of The Hazleton Police Department. News 13 contacted
the chief today for comment and he said that he wasn’t quite ready to
talk about his upcoming retirement, but would speak with us in the next
week. We did talk with Mayor Joe Yannuzzi who called the News
“disappointing” and says an add for a new police chief has been made and
interviews will be started soon. Mayor Yannuzzi hopes to fill the
position by the time the chief leaves on March 28. The Mayor says anyone
who is highly experienced in the law enforcement field is eligible to
apply from within the department or someone who has no association with
the city police. Yannuzzi wants a chief who is disciplined and says he
already received one application today and will have 6 weeks to have a
chief in place. Ferdinand started in the department in 1989, became a
detective, and then promoted to chief in 2005 by Former Mayor Lou Barletta.

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