New Deputy Chief of Harrisburg Bureau of Police sworn in

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A new Deputy Chief of the Harrisburg Bureau of Police was sworn in on Thursday.

Kenny Young served the City of Harrisburg since January 2001 and is now the Deputy Chief. Young is replacing Dennis Sorensen who retired on Jan. 10.

The promotion was held at the Martin Luther King Jr. City Government Center and was announced by Commissioner Thomas Carter and Mayor Wanda Williams.

“[Deputy Chief Young’s] demeanor, the way he cares about people, and his commitment to the
City of Harrisburg are reasons he was selected as deputy chief,” said Commissioner Carter. “He
told me everything he owns in his life he owes to the City of Harrisburg, and that stuck with
me.”

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Throughout Young’s 23-year career, he was in the Traffic Safety Unit in 2004, where he became CPR-certified and a first aid instructor, in 2014 he was promoted to the rank of Corporal.

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In 2017, he was promoted to Sergeant, and in 2021 he was promoted to Lieutenant, and in 2022 became the Captain of the Technical Services Unit.

“This job means a lot to me because you are in essence a role model for everybody. I do not
take that lightly. Being someone who has open doors that someone can come talk to, that is my
vision of what a deputy chief should be,” said Young.

Officer Tom McGarrity was also promoted from Lieutenant to Captain as he will be succeeding Young in overseeing the Technical Services Division, according to the release.

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McGarrity was a former U.S. Marine before he joined the Harrisburg Police in 2005. But in 2009 served in Iraq as a part of the Army National Guard.

After he returned to the police force, McGarrity would become a Sergeant in 2017 before becoming a Lieutenant in 2020.

“Being on the county CRT team has opened up a window to a wealth of knowledge and
experience,” Captain McGarrity said. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

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