Governor Wolf Appoints Former Wilkes-Barre Police Officer Acting State Police Commissioner

March 22, 2018 - 2:09 pm
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Governor Wolf Appoints Lieutenant Colonel Robert Evanchick Acting State Police Commissioner

March 22, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the appointment of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Evanchick as acting Pennsylvania State Police commissioner to succeed Colonel Tyree C. Blocker following his planned retirement on March 23. Evanchick will serve as acting commissioner until the next commissioner is approved by the General Assembly.

“I thank Colonel Blocker for his many years of dedicated service to the State Police and am pleased to appoint Lt. Col. Evanchick as acting commissioner,” Gov. Wolf said. “Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick’s 36 years of experience with the State Police, beginning with his service in NE Pennsylvania to his most recent role as deputy commissioner of operations, have been served with integrity and commitment to the State Police and the citizens of Pennsylvania, and I have every confidence in his ability to lead the department.”

Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick enlisted in the PSP in 1981, after two years as a police officer with the Wilkes-Barre City Police Department. As he rose through the ranks, he served as a station commander and troop commander, as well as the director of the department’s Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards. He was promoted to deputy commissioner of operations, overseeing the administration, coordination, and supervision of field operations for the PSP in 2017.

“I have been proud to call myself a Pennsylvania State Trooper for nearly four decades,” said Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick. “It is a distinct honor to be named acting commissioner, following in the footsteps of a man the caliber of Colonel Blocker, and I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the 6,300 enlisted and civilian members of the department.”

Colonel Blocker previously announced that he will retire from the department effective March 23, 2018. Colonel Blocker has served as the 22nd Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police since August 2015.

Colonel Blocker began his career in 1975 as a trooper, rising to the rank of major before temporarily retiring in 2005.

“As I look back on nearly 33 years of service with PSP, I am filled with gratitude toward the men and women of the department that make it ‘the first and finest’” Colonel Blocker said. “Without them, we would not be able to provide the professional, quality police services that the citizens of Pennsylvania expect and deserve. I am confident that Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick and the rest of the department leadership will continue to guide the organization forward.”

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