A former Kittanning Borough police officer will appear on the Democratic ballot in Kittanning’s Third Ward.
Alan “Butch” Puccetti, 72, of North Grant Avenue is running for the council seat currently held by Kim Chiesa.
Puccetti, grew up in Pittsburgh, but has made Kittanning his home after being hired as a Kittanning police officer in 1981.
“I made it a point from the time I was hired to get to know every council member so I could feel them out and they would know where I was coming from,” Puccetti said. He feels Council can only be effective when each member interacts with the residents they represent. “I have made it a point to continue to get out daily and talk to people.
Serving under three chiefs before his retirement from the police force, Puccetti said he has vast knowledge of the town and promises to give 100 percent to serving on council.
“I bring things to the table. I am knowledgeable. I know how to refer people to appropriate agencies to best serve their needs.”
Puccetti said he would be honored to serve on various committees, including the police committee and recreation and parks.
“I want to work to bring youth to the forefront. At one time, we had international teams where our fields were used by youth from foreign countries. These visitors patronized our local establishments. We must continue to have events to bring people to our town.”
Puccetti said he has the town in his heart.
“I feel I’ve always looked out for the Borough. When I first started as a patrolman, there weren’t any handicapped spaces in town. I knew this would be important to secure opportunities for the future, and I inquired about it. The first one that was installed was in front of the old Thrift Drug on the 200 block of Market Street.”
Puccetti started his police career after graduating in the 33rd class of the State Police Academy in Greensburg. Although now retired, he continues to involve himself in various organizations including Masonic Temple #244, Kittanning Elks #203, Federation of Police Lodge #39, Recording Secretary of the Armstrong Police Association, and the Ford City Sportsmen Association. From 2004-2008, he wrote over $1 million in grants for BuckleUp Aggressive Driving Education and Enforcement for eleven counties serving 180 police departments.
“I chose to stay in Kittanning after my retirement. I like the administration of the Kittanning Police Department and Council over the years. I have made a lot of friends here.”
The Primary Election is scheduled for May 21, 2019.