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Jolley named Patton Township police chief

by on September 07, 2017 10:24 AM

PATTON TOWNSHIP — Sgt. Tyler Jolley was promoted to the position of police chief for Patton Township, rounding out the appointment of top officers for local enforcement agencies.

Jolley succeeds John Petrick, who stepped down from his post in April to take a position with Penn State. Petrick served the department for 16 years.

Sept. 5 was Jolley’s first day on the job, said township manager Doug Erickson.

Jolly has been with Patton Township as an officer since 2002, following his graduation from Edinboro University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He was promoted to sergeant in 2012.

The former sergeant beat out a field of 27 applicants and five candidates who went through a two-day assessment and interview process.

The hiring panel included representatives from various entities, including the State College Area School District and the Patton Township business community.

A formal swearing in has yet to be scheduled.

Patton is a growing municipality in Centre County, with a population of 14,311 in the 2010 Census, a 34.1 percent increase from 2000.

The police department currently operates under a $3 million budget and has 18 full-time officers, 11 for patrol, three investigators, three sergeants and a chief of police, according to the original job posting. The position was advertised with a salary of $95,000 to $100,000.

This rounds out the leadership for law enforcement in Centre County.
Chris Albright was promoted from within the Ferguson Township Police Department to succeed Diane Conrad, who stepped down this year. Albright is a 25-year veteran of the force.

John Gardner took over from Tom King at the State College Police Department last year. Gardner was previously the assistant chief and has served the department since 1990. Capt. Matthew E. Wilson was promoted to the role of assistant chief in August.


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