I-Team Exclusive: Search for Wilkes-Barre Police Chief is Over


(WBRE/WYOU-TV) And now an Eyewitness News Exclusive –the watching and waiting is over in the city of Wilkes-Barre. The police department will soon have a new chief.  This comes in the wake of nearly two years of controversy and battles within the department between the city’s administration and some members the police union.  The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick has our story

Meet the soon to be named police chief of Wilkes-Barre — 53-year-old commander Joe Coffay. Mayor Tony George has the ultimate say as to who will be new chief. He would not comment on his selection today, but sources within city hall tell me he will be the new top cop in the Diamond City.

Coffay has been with the Wilkes-Barre police department for nearly 30 years, rising through the ranks of the department handling virtually every duty within the department including patrol, drug cases and homicides.

Coffay has been running the police operations since the retirement of Lendacky in June. The police chief’s association evaluated the operations of the police department. The city council approved paying $26,000 for that evaluation.. The lengthy report made several recommendations for the new chief: which include:

 A college degree and upper level management courses source: Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association   Linda Joseph is a member of the Rolling Mill Hill-Mayflower Crimewatch…. when we spoke with her. She did not know who would be named as chief. But had this message to whomever it would be

“I think that moving forward I hope that they all work together that we can do what’s good for the city to help with crime. Just work together.”

Sources tell the I-Team will be sworn into office next week.

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