Bethlehem Council Appoints Mark DiLuzio New Police Chief

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Bethlehem police Lt. Mark DiLuzio is the city’s new top cop.

City council unanimously tapped DiLuzio to lead the department despite initial reservations from some council members.

Current cops, retirees, firefighters, lawyers and Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli packed Town Hall in support of DiLuzio tonight.

“I know a good cop and Mark is it,” said former Bethlehem Police Commissioner John Yerk, who spent 40 years in the department, four as commissioner.

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New Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez Takes Office

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Bethlehem’s first new mayor in a decade took office this morning at a swearing-in ceremony in Town Hall.

Mayor Robert J. Donchez won election last November, following a hard-fought primary win against city Councilman J. William Reynolds.

Donchez had been a city councilman, first elected in 1995. Council has 16 candidates to choose from to appoint a successor to Donchez’s now-vacant seat. Applicant interviews are scheduled Jan. 27, with the appointment to be made at a special meeting Jan. 30.

Donchez, 63, succeeds former Mayor John Callahan, who was first elected to a mid-term seat as mayor in 2003.

Read more:  http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2014/01/bethlehem_mayor_robert_donchez.html

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