Glen Dorney was sworn-in this morning as interim police chief in the City of Allentown.
Dorney succeeds Chief Keith Morris who retired from the city to become the police chief at Penn State University.
Dorney joined the department in 1997. He was promoted to sergeant in November 2005 and lieutenant in January 2010. Dorney was promoted to captain in September 2012 and has served as assistant chief over the past 15 months.
Mayor Ed Pawlowski, who tapped Dorney for the position, said “Glen is a decorated officer and has extensive experience as a leader, including shift commander, Emergency Response Team Commander, PSA captain and instructor at the Allentown Police Academy. As assistant chief in charge of operations under Morris, Glen worked with all levels of the department on a daily basis.”
Dorney has been honored with four department commendations for bravery, one for heroism and three for merit.
“I want to start by thanking Mayor Pawlowski for putting trust in my abilities and affording me this opportunity,” said Dorney. “This appointment is bittersweet. I’m very happy for Chief Morris, yet sad to see him leave the department. I wish him the best of luck in his next career. It is truly an honor to be put in this position to lead the men and women of the Allentown Police Department. I pledge to the officers on this Department and members of the community that I will work diligently to continue the positive direction of the Allentown Police Department. We have come a long way as a Department over the years, thanks to strong leadership, but we still have opportunities to grow in a positive direction. I plan on promoting that growth by emphasizing integrity throughout my time as Chief of Police.”
Dorney holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from Penn State University. He is a 2012 graduate of the FBI National Academy and will be attending a three week Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University this June.
Dorney will earn the budgeted salary of $123,162 in his new position.