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Chuck Biedka

A Gilpin native is directing the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, where he graduated 32 years ago.

Thomas Dubovi was promoted to major and director of the state police bureau of training and education.

His promotion ceremony was Friday at the academy at Hershey.

“I thought, if I made sergeant, I would be doing OK,” Dubovi mused.

Dubovi is a 1986 graduate of Penn State University and 2001 graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command.

Dubovi became a state trooper in 1987 and was assigned to Uniontown. He was promoted to corporal in 1993 and two years later to sergeant.

He was a sergeant, and later a lieutenant, at the Kittanning station.

For a little more than two years Dubovi, then a captain, commanded Troop A in Greensburg.

The troop covers Westmoreland, Indiana, Somerset and Cambria countries.

Dubovi is now based in Hershey at the training academy, where students are known as cadets.

“I’m responsible for all basic training for cadets and in-service training for troopers,” he said.

In addition to work at the academy, Dubovi also oversees four regional training programs.

Dubovi and his wife have two sons. Both are state troopers — Thomas Dubovi is assigned to the Kittanning station and Tyler Dubovi works at the Butler station.

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