Chief of Police

The Chief of the Chambersburg Police Department is appointed by Borough Council and is the chief executive of the department. 

As Chief of the Chambersburg Police Department, I am very pleased that you have chosen to visit our web site. I am proud of the tradition and service that our department provides to the citizens of Chambersburg. 

We are a full service agency with many specialized units. The department is organized in the following manner: 

  • Police Chief's Office
  • Patrol Division
  • Investigations Division
  • Records

PAST CHIEFS OF POLICE/HIGH CONSTABLES

  • 1803 to ?                 George Strite, High Constable 
  • 1813 to 1836            Robert Allison, High Constable 
  • 1864 to 1865            John Case/Caserman, High Constable
  • 1865 to 1874            M.W. Houser, High Constable 
  • 1875 to 1875            G. Shearer Houser, High Constable
  • 1875 to 1875            Christian Brandt, High Constable
  • 1875 to 1877            Peter Myers, High Constable             
  • 1877 to 1884            Charles Croft, Chief of Police 
  • 1884 to 1886            Adam H. Smith, Chief of Police  
  • 1886 to 1901            Casimir B. Kriechbaum, Chief of Police 
  • 1901 to 1902            James H. Mull, Chief of Police 
  • 1902 to 1904            Charles E. Evans, Chief of Police 
  • 1904 to 1906            Grafton M. Swisher, Chief of Police 
  • 1906 to 1908            Charles E. Evans, Chief of Police       
  • 1908 to 1910            Grafton M. Swisher, Chief of Police 
  • 1910 to 1919            Augustus Klenzing, Chief of Police 
  • 1920 to 1958            H.S. Byers, Chief of Police 
  • 1959 to 1970            J. Byers Schlichter, Chief of Police 
  • 1971 to 1983            William N. Johnston, Chief of Police 
  • 1983 to 2008            Michael T. DeFrank, Chief of Police 
  • 2008 to 2016            David J. Arnold, Chief of Police

Prior to 1803, law enforcement was provided by the Franklin County Sheriff starting with Sheriff Jerimiah Talbott.