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Pleasant Hills police have new chief, deputy

| Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, 4:51 a.m.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Pleasant Hills police department has a new chief Brian Finnerty, seated and deputy chief Sean Greene as of January 1st. The two have worked together for the ast 16 years.

Pleasant Hills police force has two new leaders to start the year.

Chief Brian Finnerty and Deputy Chief Sean Greene started their new jobs last week.

Council unanimously approved their promotions from sergeant and lieutenant, respectively, in December.

Finnerty replaces retired police Chief Ed Cunningham, who ended his 37-year law enforcement career on Dec. 31.

“I'm honored and humbled that they would have that much faith in me,” Finnerty said. “We have a great bunch of officers. It's exciting.

“I'm looking forward to the new challenges. I'll lead the department with fairness, integrity and honesty.”

Greene is the department's first deputy chief.

“Thank you for believing in me,” Greene told council. “It's really an honor and privilege to have this position.”

Cunningham was instrumental in developing the borough's Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, National Night Out, visits with Santa and the K-9 program.

“We're going to continue that stuff,” pledged Finnerty, noting the police assistance with the Lion's Club Halloween Parade. “I think (the community) sees a face with an officer. You don't want to see the police on a bad situation. You're bringing the community together like on National Night Out and block parties. They get to come out and actually meet their neighbors.”

Finnerty, a Jefferson Hills resident, worked as a part-time patrolman in Braddock Hills from 1993 to 1996, and in Wilkinsburg from 1994 to 1996 before being hired full-time by Pleasant Hills in September 1996.

Finnerty was a sergeant for the past five years. He and his wife Kim have three sons, ages 2, 10 and 12.

“They're proud. They're excited,” he said of his family's reaction to the promotion.

Finnerty served as an Air National Guard reservist in the 171st Squadron Air Refueling Wing for 19 years. He did a tour in the Middle East prior to Sept. 11, 2001, and two tours overseas since then.

Greene, a Bethel Park resident, has worked for Pleasant Hills police since June 1998, with the last five years as lieutenant. He worked for Allegheny County police and Pittsburgh Housing Authority police prior to being hired by the borough.

Married to Mary Jo Greene, they have a son, 9, and a daughter, 11.

Greene said he and Finnerty will continue to move the department in a positive direction.

“We've known each other a long time,” Greene said. “Over the years, we've worked very well together. I can see both of us being there for another 10 years with good stability and leadership.”

Five officers, including Cunningham, retired last year. The police force consists of 16 full-time officers, including Finnerty and Greene.

Greene said all shifts are covered, but said, “We can probably use one or two more officers.”

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or