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March 20, 2013

Briefly Noted: New Police Chief on Campus

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Patrick McElhinny is the new chief of police at Penn State Greater Allegheny. McElhinny comes to the McKeesport campus from Hermitage, Mercer County, where he worked on the police force for 34 years, including seven years as chief.

McElhinny earned a bachelor of science degree in administration of criminal justice and a master of science degree in strategic leadership, both from Mountain State University in Beckley, W.Va.

A graduate of the FBI National Academy, McElhinny has been president of his local lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Mercer County Chiefs of Police Association, and serves on the boards of a number of police-related organizations.

"I chose Penn State because I wanted the experience of a campus setting and the different challenges of policing that presents," McElhinny said. "It is an honor to be here, and I look forward to meeting and working with the campus community."

His first order of business is "to become familiar with the police officers, staff and faculty, and assess the needs of the campus," he said.

(Editor's Note: Submitted by Linda Curinga, Manager, Marketing and Communications at Penn State Greater Allegheny)

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