Ford City Votes to Hire Local Police Chief as Full-Time Officer

Jason Hufhand

If he accepts the position, Jason Hufhand will become the next full-time police officer in Ford City Borough. (2017 KP File Photo)

A familiar face will be patrolling once again in Ford City.

Borough Council last night took action to hire Jason Hufhand as a full-time police officer. Hufhand as been the Police Chief in North Buffalo Township for several years and has been working for the Armstrong County Sheriff’s office.  He had worked for Ford City earlier in his career at one point.

The recommendation came from Mayor Jeff Cogley, who was not at last night’s meeting due to work commitments. Hufhand will serve a standard six-month probationary period. He will be paid $21 per hour plus benefits.

His employment will begin following standard hiring procedures and a signed offer letter.

Councilwoman Beth Bowser made the motion to hire Hufhand, followed by a second by Councilwoman Mary Alice Bryant. The vote was unanimous by the five of the six members of Council who were present. Councilman Marc Mantini was absent.

Councilman Tyson Klukan said the hiring of another full-time officer was necessary because an officer previously approved for full-time service declined. This brings the department to two full-time officers and two part-time officers.

Council President Carol Fenyes confirmed that the Borough has had police coverage by both the Pennsylvania State Police and Manor Township during the July 4th holiday period.

“Our Officer-In-Charge is doing his three-week Army Reserves and it just coincidentally fell at the same time as the Summerfest event. So we had communications with PSP and Manor Township to make sure everything was covered and I think you could say there was adequate police coverage in the borough over the weekend. I saw them everywhere,” Fenyes said.