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The Northern York County Regional Police Department has named Lt. Dave Lash its deputy chief, in anticipation of Chief Mark Bentzel's retirement.

"I am due to retire at the end of 2019, and this is the (regional police) board's way of showing confidence in an individual who will be considered as my replacement," Bentzel told The York Dispatch.

Lash, 48, has served with the department for 25 years.

It's the only department for which he's ever worked, he said.

"It's been a dream of mine since I was a young officer to lead this department, and that dream is coming true," Lash said. "I think the experiences I've had in the past eight years in my (lieutenant) position have put me on the path of becoming an effective leader of this organization."

The deputy chief looks forward to working with the department's new command staff, its board of commissioners, its supervisors and officers to "continue moving the department forward," he said.

Transition: "During this transitionary time, there is still a lot for me to learn, and I will be working closely with the chief to make sure I'm prepared to take over when he retires," Lash said.

"Dave is more than capable," Bentzel said. "He has always been a competent, smart police officer. He's prepared."

In 2009, Bentzel received the same promotion to deputy chief that Lash received on July 19. Bentzel had been lieutenant under former chief Carl Segatti and was promoted to deputy chief in 2009 in anticipation of Segatti's retirement in 2010.

"For the last several decades, the current chief has always been preparing people to move into new roles," Bentzel said. "We prepare these people the best we can for the next step."

Lash is a graduate of both the FBI Academy and Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command, according to the chief.

"The (police commission) board is going to have a little over a year to look at Dave and, when I leave, then they will make the final decision," Bentzel said.

Other promotions: Seven other officers also were promoted on July 19, according to Lash. They are:

  • Gregg Anderson, promoted to operations lieutenant, is responsible for patrol operations and has been with the department for 22 years.
  • John Migatulski, promoted to special-operations lieutenant, is responsible for overseeing criminal investigations, school resource officers, community policing officers and task force officers. He has 24 years of service with the department.
  • Jeremy Neidigh, promoted to administrative lieutenant, is responsible for records, property and evidence and is department's quartermaster. He also is responsible for scheduling, the department's vehicle fleet and its headquarters. He's been a Northern Regional officer for 21 years.
  • Cody Becker, promoted to patrol sergeant, has been with the department for nine years.
  • Christopher Irwin, promoted to patrol sergeant, has 14 years with the department.
  • Stephen McClure, promoted to patrol corporal, has been with Northern Regional for seven years.
  • Noah Potteiger, promoted to patrol corporal, has been with the department for five years.

The Northern York County Regional Police Department serves eight municipalities with a population of nearly 70,000 residents, Bentzel said.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

 

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