Glenn Granitz Jr., M.S. CJA
While growing up in the City of Allentown, Chief Granitz graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School, followed by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He then attained a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH. He is currently completing an additional degree in the area of Human Resources.
Chief Granitz was hired by the Allentown Police Department in November of 2001 and graduated from the Allentown Police Academy in May of 2002. He was assigned to the patrol division until being selected as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division in 2005. During that time, he worked numerous cases including burglaries, robberies and homicides. In 2008, Granitz was selected to join the Lehigh County Homicide Task Force, working both new and cold-case homicide investigations. During this time he was involved in multiple homicide arrests and convictions, including murders as far back as 1998. In 2010 he was promoted to a Detective/Sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division. During this time, he supervised investigators working on all types of criminal cases. In 2013 he was selected to lead the Youth and Community Services Division of the Allentown Police Department. During his tenure in the Youth Division, the efforts of the PAL program and the Community Liaison Officer was joined with the existing Youth Detectives and School Resource Officers to enhance the programs and activities offered to our community’s youth. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in May of 2016 and was assigned to the Third Platoon.
In August of 2017, Granitz attained the rank of Captain in the PSA IV – Center City Service Area. He worked with multiple community groups, including 8th Ward, 10th Ward, Jordan Heights, Old Allentown, and the Promise Neighborhood.
Chief Granitz completed the Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety – School of Police Staff and Command in 2018. He currently lives in the City of Allentown’s West Park area.
Mayor Ray O'Connell appointed Granitz to the Chief of Police position in September of 2019.
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