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O'Hara names Scott Slagel police superintendent; Jim Farringer announces July retirement

Tawnya Panizzi
| Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 1:33 p.m.
O'Hara council names Scott Slagel as new police Superintendent. He replaces Jim Farringer, who will retire in July.
Jan Pakler | for The Herald
O'Hara council names Scott Slagel as new police Superintendent. He replaces Jim Farringer, who will retire in July.

O'Hara's incoming police superintendent will have several weeks to settle into the office before police Superintendent Jim Farringer retires.

O'Hara police Sgt. Scott Slagel was sworn in as incoming police superintendent June 5 by council President Bob Smith.

Slagel earned a degree in administration of justice from Penn State University and said he plans to focus on school safety and community policing.

Slagel joined the township department in 1994 and was promoted to sergeant three years later. He has three children.

Farringer, who plans to retire effective July 30, has served in O'Hara for 40 years, having been hired as a patrolman in 1978.

“I can remember my first day walking through the door,” Farringer said. “I can't believe it's been that long.”

Farringer, who turns 65 in July, served 27 years under previous chief, the late Ray Schafer, before being promoted to superintendent in 2005.

“I'm going to miss the guys and the interaction with the residents,” he said.

He expects retirement to include a lot of traveling and motorcycle riding.

Farringer, who also served as the township's emergency management coordinator, was presented a proclamation from Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to congratulate him for four decades of service. The township plans to name a new acting emergency management coordinator in July.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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