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New Green Tree police chief begins duties

| Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 9:03 p.m.
Green Tree Mayor C.F. Hammer, left, and new police chief Robert Downey Jr., who was sworn in last week and will be again at a public installation ceremony Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Submitted photo

A former Allegheny County police commander is the new chief in Green Tree.

Robert Downey Jr., 56, of Baldwin Township, was sworn in last week. He has 32 years of experience in law enforcement. He worked with county police in various capacities, including 20 years as a member of the county SWAT team as a tactical commander.

Most recently, Downey was the public safety director for California University of Pennsylvania.

“I look forward to my role as the police chief for Green Tree Borough, and a return to municipal policing,” he said. “My primary goal is to provide a highly professional, effective and quality police force to the residents, businesses and visitors of Green Tree Borough.”

Downey also served at Slippery Rock University as the chief of police and director of public safety.

He is to make $88,000 per year.

Downey was chosen from among 41 applicants.

A public installation ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. during council's regular meeting.

Downey replaces Andrew Lisiecki, who left in the spring of last year to take the chief's job in North Huntingdon Police Department.

Jeff Widmer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5810 or jwidmer@tribweb.com.

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