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New Shaler Township Police Chief sworn in by district justice

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | 1:38 PM

District Justice Daniel Konieczka swore in First Deputy Police Chief Sean Frank as chief in front of a standing-room only crowd at the March 10 Shaler commissioners meeting.

The commissioners appointed Frank to the position Bryan Kelly held until his retirement, with 35 years of Shaler Township Police Department service, last month. They also passed a resolution retiring Kelly’s badge No. 2133.

“I just want to say thank you to everybody for coming. Shaler is a great place to live, a great place to raise a family,” Frank said. “We have a great department. We’ve had great leadership before: We have Chief (Jeff) Galley here and Chief Kelly here.”

The new chief oversees a department of 25 officers.

In October 2019, the commissioners promoted Frank from lieutenant to first deputy police chief. The board promoted him from sergeant to lieutenant in 2014.

A certified paramedic with more than 27 years’ experience with the department, he became the township’s deputy emergency-management coordinator in 1994 and has served as coordinator since 2012.

Prior to joining the Shaler Township Police Department, Frank worked for the Allegheny General Hospital and St. Margaret Hospital paramedic response units.

Police officers from neighboring departments such as Millvale and Aspinwall, as well as state Rep. Lori Mizgorski attended the meeting.