Greensburg police captain retiring
A man whose face often accompanies reports on Greensburg crime in newspapers and on television has submitted his retirement notice.
George Seranko, who has served as Greensburg police captain since 1998, has submitted his retirement notice to city leaders, effective June 7.
City council will act on the retirement and is expected to name his successor during a meeting on Monday. His successor won't be sworn in as captain until June.
“It's the time in my life to move on,” Seranko said.
He served since 1987 as an officer, working first as a patrolman, then as a sergeant, before being named captain.
For about eight years before becoming a patrolman, Seranko, 57, worked as a city police dispatcher.
“I've liked meeting people, helping people if I could,” he said.
He said he most enjoyed working with his fellow officers on the streets on calls.
Chief Walter Lyons praised Seranko's work.
“George performed at a high level with the city police department, whether as a patrolman, a sergeant or in the captain position,” he said.
Lyons said he was sorry to see Seranko leave.
“I understand there's a time in a person's life when they have different priorities. And I wish him all the best.”
Lyons, Mayor Ron Silvis and City Administrator Sue Trout interviewed three applicants on Friday who want to succeed Seranko. Lyons declined to name the applicants.
Lyons could have picked the next captain, but the decision was made to do interviews to be fair to officers, Silvis said.
“I tried to encourage George not to retire,” Silvis said. “I guess there comes a time in our lives when we have to do that.”
Silvis said he wants Seranko's replacement to have the same high “interpersonal skills” that Seranko displayed during newspaper and television interviews.
Seranko's replacement must come from the department's supervisory ranks and live within city limits to serve as captain, Lyons said.
The chief said he wants a successor “I can work with effectively.”
Plans are to have Seranko's successor work with the captain for a while before the replacement is sworn in as captain, Lyons said.
Seranko said he wants to spend his retirement years enjoying time with his family, including two grandchildren.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or email@example.com.
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