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Chief Todd King of the Springettsbury Township Police Department took his oath of office and was officially sworn in Thursday, Oct. 10, at a township Board of Supervisors meeting.

King, who joined the department in 1997, is taking the reins from former Chief Dan Stump, who announced his retirement from the department in August.

"We have a great department and great officers," King said. "It's a real honor."

The new chief said the community's support has been overwhelming.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Swomley performed the swearing-in ceremony in front of a packed board room. In attendance were several of the department's officers, King's friends and family members, as well as elected officials, including Common Pleas Judge Todd R. Platts and state Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-Hellam Township.

Gillespie said King has "the right stuff" for the job and commended the police department and the Board of Supervisors for choosing King as the department's new leader.

Platts, a native of Springettsbury Township, said he appreciated the board for "embracing one of our own and allowing Todd (King) to assume the role of chief."

The township will be in good hands, Platts said.

During a meeting in 2015 to discuss his career goals, King told Stump, then his boss, that his ultimate goal was to become chief someday, the new chief said.

"He looked at me and he said, 'OK, how do we do that?' Four years later, here we are," King said.

King was one of four people interviewed for the position. The township announced his promotion to chief from lieutenant in August.

Detective Raymond Craul, a 27-year department veteran, was also recognized as he retired from the township's police force.

Craul, who was the police department's first Narcan administrator, is one of only three people to serve more than 20 years in the department's detective bureau, King said.

"Ray taught me pretty much the majority of anything that I know about criminal investigations," King said.

Now, Craul is in a new role at the York County District Attorney's Office, serving as an administrator for the DA's forensics team.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the date of the board meeting. It was held on Thursday, Oct. 10.

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