Wayne County sheriff retires

By OWEN WALSH
Posted 11/19/20

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Sheriff Mark Steelman announced his plans to retire after 20 years of service at the county commissioners meeting Thursday, November 19. Steelman told the …

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HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Sheriff Mark Steelman announced his plans to retire after 20 years of service at the county commissioners meeting Thursday, November 19. Steelman told the commissioners that he has accepted a position as assistant director of safety and security at Wayne Highlands School District.

“This was an extremely difficult decision to make,” Steelman said. “I’ve been truly blessed to have been elected to this position by the citizens of Wayne County and enjoyed enormous support from both political parties.”

Steelman added that he felt his department had made “great strides” during his tenure, noting the enhancement of courthouse security, the creation of a K9 unit and the holding of the annual Christmas toy drive.

Chief deputy Chris Rosler will take over as acting sheriff on January 1 of next year.

Chairman Brian Smith moved to accept the sheriff’s retirement with “a fair amount of regret but also some congratulations and hopes for a bright future.”

The commissioners and members of the public lauded Steelman with a standing ovation.

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