LANCASTER – Lancaster will begin the search for a new police chief this week despite some controversy around the sudden retirement of Chief Jarrad Berkihiser. Mayor Danene Sorace announced on October 2nd that Chief Berkihiser was retiring after more than two dozen years of service to the city. She cited his leadership in implementing bureau-wide use of body cameras; improving the use of force policy; ensuring the police bureau far exceeds state minimums in training requirements, including de-escalation training and establishing a community outreach unit; and hiring the first police social worker. Lancaster Online reported that Berkihiser was forced to retire due to his wife’s Facebook comments in support of President Trump. A petition calling for the reinstatement of Chief Berkihiser is being circulated on Change.org. and can be found by clicking on the picture below. Mayor Sorace wrote in a statement, “There is an agreement that legally binds Chief Berkihiser and me to not comment on the nature of the discussions we had, nor on the factors that led to his decision to retire.

CHIEF JARRAD BERKIHISER