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July 11, 2013

Meadville Police chief Stefanucci calling it quits

MEADVILLE — Promptly at 3 o’clock this very afternoon, Dave Stefanucci will exit through the doors of Meadville Police Department and begin the rest of his life.

Cake has been cut, and punch has been drunk. With 34 years of service with the department under his belt, the last seven as chief, Stefanucci is retiring.

According to City Manager Joe Chriest, whose powers under Pennsylvania’s Third Class City Code’s Optional Charter Law’s Council-Manager Plan — the official rules under which the city operates — include appointing and removing all city department heads, Assistant Chief Tom Liscinski will be named acting chief, a position Liscinski will hold until his own retirement in September.

Det. Sgt. Eric Young, who Chriest has already named to become chief following Liscinski’s retirement, will serve as the department’s acting assistant chief until the transition is complete.

Since January 1996, when Young joined the force, Stefanucci has played a guiding role in his successor’s career.

“He always gave me great advice when I was a young policeman,” Young recalled during a recent interview. “I was a patrolman and he was a detective sergeant, so I didn’t work hand-in-hand with him, but he was always there and giving me advice. He’s still doing it — he’s been helping me for the last two months.”

Making the transition from street to office has been an interesting experience for Young, who has been a detective for almost a dozen years. From working with the schedule to keeping everyone’s training up-to-date while keeping enough men on the street to maintaining the chain of custody for evidence — “it’s a bigger process than I thought,” Young said.

In both the former city building on Water Street and the city’s new digs on Diamond Park, the administrative offices for the police department have occupied space a floor above the “station house” part of the operation.

As for the guidance he received from above, “The chief and the assistant chief gave you advice on certain cases, but they didn’t stand down there and tell you what to do. They kind of let you be — and let you run with it. But if you had a question, they were right there,” Young explained.

“They were outstanding bosses. But they never put pressure on me to make sure to get a case cleared or to get right on something. It was mainly me, myself, putting my own pressure on me. They were always there supporting the direction I was going.”

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