East Whiteland Police Chief Gene Dooley will serve as interim police chief for the Westtown-East Goshen Police Department, according to a report from the Daily Local News. The decision was made at a special Police Commission meeting Wednesday morning.
Dooley will continue to serve as chief in East Whiteland while filling the temporary WEGO role vacated by former chief John Dumond, who retired from the job in June.
Dooley said his main goal is to help resolve the looming contract issues. Once that is accomplished, he said, the department will be able to find a permanent chief and “move on.”
The Daily Local article gave some background on Dooley, 65:
He served in the United States Army from 1964 to 1968 and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. In 1969 he joined the Philadelphia Police Department. From 1982 to 1986 he served as Captain of the Philadelphia Police Department’s homicide division. He left the department in 1992 and entered private business, but returned to the profession in 2002 when he was hired as chief in East Whiteland.