Allentown Police Chief Dorney to lead S. Whitehall department
Police Chief Glen Dorney will be leaving his position as Allentown’s top cop to take the reins of the South Whitehall Police Department.
Dorney emailed the Parkland Press on March 23.
“I am very excited about this opportunity,” Dorney wrote. “South Whitehall is a great community and a great department.
“I have been very impressed with the leadership in the township and the true dedication that the entire board of commissioners has. I can’t wait to get started in the township.”
Dorney said his first day with the South Whitehall Police Department will be April 9.
Dorney is taking over as chief following the resignation of John Christman in January. Christman took a job as director of security at Lehigh Valley Health Network.
Christman, who led the 39-member police department in South Whitehall, began as a patrol officer in the township 25 years ago.
He was promoted to chief at the end of 2015.
South Whitehall Commissioners appointed Lt. Michael Sorrentino to serve as interim chief of police effective Jan. 5.
Sorrentino, who has 29 years with the South Whitehall police force, has been serving on a temporary basis until the new chief was designated.
A 1990 graduate of Nazareth Area High School, Dorney is a 1995 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University from which he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sports science, and a minor in business administration.
He graduated from the Allentown Police Academy in 1995, and was employed by both Wilson Borough and Palmer Township police departments.
Hired in 1997 by the Allentown Police Department, he worked as a patrolman on the third platoon, among others, and was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2005.
Dorney has been a member of the Emergency Response Team since 2000, and was named commander in 2007.