York City Council to consider making Bankert permanent police chief

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
York City Police Chief Troy Bankert speaks during the memorial service for Alex Sable, a York City Police Officer and former Marine, at Utz Arena Friday, May 18, 2018. Sable was participating in a SWAT tactical training exercise Sunday, May 6, in Baltimore County, Maryland, when he suffered cardiac arrest. About 1,000 people, including law enforcement and fire personnel, attended the service. Bill Kalina photo

The York City Council will consider making Troy Bankert the permanent police chief at the next city council meeting.

The council brought up the resolution during a Wednesday, May 23, committee meeting, and support for the current interim chief was clearly evident.

"There's been support from all sectors of the community to make (Bankert) the official police chief," said Mayor Michael Helfrich. "It's been amazing."

York City Mayor Michael Helfrich and Interim Police Chief Troy Bankert hold a press conference on recent shootings, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. John A. Pavoncello photo

Council members echoed Helfrich's praise.

"He's been very supportive and involved in the community," said Councilwoman Judy Ritter-Dickson. "He's very fair and very well qualified for the job."

Councilwoman Edquina Washington praised Bankert's efforts to mitigate gun violence and said he has a "very good work ethic."

Council President Henry Nixon added he is "delighted" at the idea of Bankert taking on the official position.

Bankert shares the council members' enthusiasm about the opportunity.

"I'm excited about it, and I'm ready to move forward with long-term plans, which this opportunity allows me to do," he said. "I've only been able to look six months ahead (as interim police chief), and now I have the opportunity to take on longer-term projects."

Bankert's already thought of some of those plans if he continues in the position permanently. 

"The fight against our gun violence is constant, so I want to make long-term plans to help the issue," he said. "I'd also like to start working with county officials about the heroin issue. We're already a part of the Heroin Task Force, but we need to look further down the road to see how we can address the issue."

The resolution will be considered at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, during the council meeting in York City Hall.