York County Prison warden, 911 executive director leaving

Christopher Dornblaser
  • York County Prison Warden Mary Sabol and 911 Executive Director Eric Bistline announced their retirements Friday.
  • Bistline will be moving to Arizona after his retirement at the end of January.
  • Sabol could not be reached for comment.

Two prominent York County officials are leaving their positions, according to a news release from the county.

Eric Bistline, executive director for emergency services since 2004, will be retiring effective Jan. 31, according to the release. Bistline led the county's most recent 911 radio upgrades, and before that he oversaw a complete overhaul of the county's emergency services operations.

Additionally, Mary Sabol, who has been the warden for the county prison since 2008, will accept a new job as corrections director for Lehigh County. Her term as warden will be end Jan. 20.

According to the release, Sabol implemented multiple re-entry programs at the prison, including a partnership with Harrisburg Area Community College and a work-release center.

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Eric Bistline

Emergency services: Bistline, of the Camp Hill area, said Friday that he felt it was time to retire. Before serving as the executive director for emergency services, he was Fairview Township's police chief for 10 years. He started as a patrolman with the department in 1972.

He said after he retires, he and his wife will move to the West Valley area of Phoenix.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time; it’s time to relax and enjoy my family and my personal life for a little bit,” Bistline said.

He said during his time with the county he has seen many changes, including a new paging system and a new, ongoing program in which the county will shift its current T-band frequency to the 700 MHz frequency.

“We’ve become almost completely self-sufficient,” he said, adding that the 911 center houses about $125 million in technology that he saw installed during his tenure.

Bistline also said his 12 years on the job have given him a new insight into how 911 operations work.

“When I came to the county, it really opened my eyes to everything that the folks do,” he said.

Bistline praised the staff he worked with, saying they were always willing to do what was necessary to get the job done.

“You develop a lot of professional and personal relationships, and I’ll miss that,” he said.

Looking to the future, Bistline said he would like to continue working to help the community, but on a part-time basis. He said he was considering doing consulting work when he moves to Arizona.

“I want to get out there and get settled first,” he added.

Sabol did not return a message for comment.

Additionally, Marlin Peck, administrator for Pleasant Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation Center since 2003, retired, effective Thursday.

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