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York City Police Department
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.

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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



Fire Chief John S. Senft

Fire Chief John S. Senft
Acting Police Commissioner
2003



Mark L. Whitman
Police Commissioner
2003-2010



Wes Kahley
Chief of Police
2010-


Anyone with any additional information on Police Chiefs or Commissioners, or with any photos of those officers, are encouraged to contact John Stine.

 
 
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