DA's office hires two retired York County police chiefs

Two York County police chiefs are among the new hires brought in under recently sworn-in District Attorney Dave Sunday.

Kyle King, spokesman for the DA's office, said retired York City Police Chief Wes Kahley and retired West Manchester Township Police Chief Art Smith Jr. were sworn in as York County detectives Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Smith is chief of York County Detectives, and his assistant chief is Jeff Spence, who was formerly a detective first class for York City Police.

York City Police Chief Wes Kahley, left, presents the "Director's Award of Achievement" to Police Officer Mike Meeker during the Departmental Awards Ceremony at York City Hall in York City, Friday, May 12, 2017. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Chiefs: Kahley, who announced his retirement last month, takes over in a previously vacant position, King said. The position was open for about three months, and former DA Tom Kearney opted to not fill it, he said.

Capt. Troy Bankert was appointed interim police chief for York City on Tuesday while the city searches for a permanent chief or commissioner.

Kahley could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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Smith is taking over for Daryl Albright, who retired recently. King said Albright's last day was Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Smith retired from the West Manchester Township Police Department last month. Township manager Kelly Kelch said Smith officially retired at the end of 2017, but with some unused vacation days, Smith's last day there was Dec. 11.

In the meantime, Sgt. Matt Emig has been serving as acting police chief for the township. Kelch said the township has hired a search firm and an in-house committee is reviewing the firm's recommendations.

“We’re hoping to make an offer within the next few weeks," he said.

Kelch said Smith was with the department for 41 years.

District Attorney David Sunday takes the oath of office  Tuesday, Jan 2, 2017. The oath was administered to 16 court and county officials in the ceremonial courtroom of the York County Administrative Center. Bill Kalina photo


Detectives: Spence takes over for Doug Demangone, who was formerly the assistant chief. Mark Walters, the spokesman for York County, said Demangone's employment was not continued under Sunday's administration.

King said Demangone's last day was Tuesday.

The York County Detectives are fully staffed at 10 members, including the chief, King said. The detectives are responsible for handling bail bondsman regulations and private criminal complaints as well as helping municipal police, among other responsibilities, he said.

"We're more of a support agency when needed," King said.

Prosecution: In addition to the three new detectives, three prosecutors were hired.

King said Scott McCabe, an attorney who previously worked under Kearney, was brought back as a chief deputy prosecutor. He will oversee the appellate unit as well as internal training.

Additionally, John Hamme, an attorney who previously worked under Kearney and former DA Stan Rebert, was brought back as a senior deputy prosecutor. 

Justin Talarowski, formerly a law clerk for President Judge Joe Adams, is starting out as a deputy prosecutor for the appellate unit, according to King.

With all the new hires, the DA's office is fully staffed, King said.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.