York City Police Department K-9 Unit.
This is a late 1960s photo of the York City, Pennsylvania Police Department K-9 unit taken at the York Fair grounds. The officers, accompanied by their dogs, are in their training uniforms. The officers are, from left to right: Ron Heist, Earl Frey, Fred Gibson, Steve Gibbs, Charlie Morrow, Bill Farrell, and Nevin Barley.
West York Police Department.
This 1950's era photograph shows three members of the West York Borough, Pennsylvania Police Department and their patrol vehicles, two motorcycles and a Ford patrol car. The officers and their vehicles are on the driveway of the Reliance fire house, then located in the 1400 block of West Market Street in West York Borough.
Officer Ed Myers, Red Lion Police Department.
Pictured in 1924 is Red Lion Police Officer Ed Myers astride his sidecar equipped police Harley Davidson motorcycle. The sidecar was a common accessory for police motorcycles of that era. The officer is carrying a semi-automatic pistol, carried in an open top cross draw style holster. The semi-auto pistol was unusual, as most officers of this era were carrying revolvers.

York City Chiefs of Police

York City Police historian John Stine has compiled a list of Police Chiefs and Commissioners that have commanded the York City Police Department.

Prior to 1855, the High Constable had charge of the Watchmen. 1855 found the first reference to the Chief of Police (actually found as Chief Police).

In Pennsylvania, a Police Chief (or Chief of Police) is the head of a police agency that has completed the necessary training as required by Act 120 to provide law enforcement in the Commonwealth. A Police Commissioner is the head of a law enforcement agency that is not Act 120 certified. Typically, a Police Chief will come up through the ranks within the department, whereas a Police Commissioner will usually be a person hired from outside the department to lead the agency.


J. K. Sharp
Chief Police
1855


Samuel Warring
Chief of Police
1857
1859-1861


James Ruby
Chief of Police
1858


James Kendig
Chief of Police
1861-1863


Frederick Zorger
Chief of Police
1863-1886


H. Samuel Spangler
Chief of Police
1887


George W. Powell
Chief of Police
1888-1891


Samuel Bookman
Chief of Police
1893-1896


Walter B. White
Chief of Police
1896-1902


Peter G. Reisinger
Chief of Police
1902


Jacob Hose
Chief of Police
1902-1907


Charles A. Bush
Chief of Police
1908-1911


Charles K. Binder
Chief of Police
1912-1916


Fred W. Kottcamp
Chief of Police
1916
1917-1918


Harvey C. Myers
Acting Chief of Police
1916


John F. Buttorff
Chief of Police
1919-1920
1922-1926


William C. Craver
Chief of Police
1920-1921


Adam H. Stevens
Chief of Police
1926


Michael J. Schwint
Chief of Police
1928-1932


C. P. Gerber
Chief of Police
1932-1943


W. A. Eisenhower
Acting Chief of Police
1943


Nelson L. Shultz
Chief of Police
1944-1947


Jeremiah Sipe
Chief of Police
1948
1949-1951


Jacob W. Hose, Sr.
Acting Chief of Police
1948
Chief of Police
1951-1952


Gorman J. Christine
Chief of Police
1952-1955


Richard K. Johnson
Chief of Police
1955-1960


Ira W. Bohn
Chief of Police
1960-1961


William H. Kapp
Chief of Police
1964-1968


Leonard L. Landis
Acting Chief of Police
1968-1970
Chief of Police
1970-1971


Elmer C. Bortner
Acting Colonel
1971-1972
Chief of Police
1972-1974


Wayne A. Ruppert
Acting Chief of Police
1974
Chief of Police
1974-1979


Thomas V. Chatman
Chief of Police
1980-1981


William M. Hose
Chief of Police
1982-1992


William Smith
Chief of Police
1992-1994


Thomas C. Gross
Acting Chief of Police
1994-1995
1995-1996


Russell Clanagan
Police Commissioner
1995-1996


Herbert Grofcsik
Police Commissioner
1996-2000


Michael R. Hill
Chief of Police
2002-2003


John S. Senft
Fire Chief
Acting Police Commissioner
2003


Mark L. Whitman
Police Commissioner
2003-2010


Wes Kahley
Chief of Police
2010-2017


Troy Bankert
Chief of Police
2018-

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