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Bankert named as official York City police chief
York City Council named Troy Bankert the city's official police chief during a Tuesday, June 5, City Council meeting.
Bankert became the interim police chief in January after his predecessor, Wes Kahley, resigned the month before, after nearly three decades of service. Since then, Bankert has been praised for his anti-violence initiatives and integration into the community.
His five months as interim police chief haven't been easy. Since Bankert was sworn in, his department has witnessed at least 21 shootings, the death of an officer because of cardiac arrest and another officer shot while serving a warrant in Harrisburg.
Once he's sworn in later this month, Bankert will no longer bear the "interim."
"It's good to start being able to move forward," he said. "We had a lot of things going on in the first five months, and we're glad that we can move forward rather than just think of the six months I'd serve as interim chief."
Bankert said the department has been making plans for the remainder of 2018 since City Council decided to put his nomination for police chief on the agenda during the May 23 council committee meeting.
These plans include addressing gun violence and the heroin epidemic in the city, he said.
Residents in attendance were supportive of the council's decision.
"I'd like to speak to the humility and transparency that I see in (Bankert)," said Aaron Anderson, CEO of Logos Academy, a private school in York City. "If we want to make sure our community is policed fairly and with justice, I believe he's that man."
Bankert shyly reacted to the kind words following the unanimous council vote.
"It's humbling but embarrassing at the same time," he said. "My mother always says I'm a hell of a guy, but it's different when other people say it."
Bankert will be sworn in at the end of the month. A date and time have not yet been set.