Latrobe council salutes retired police chief
Latrobe Council on Monday expressed its appreciation of James Bumar, the city’s recently retired police chief, while planning to interview candidates for succeeding him.
Council members signed a proclamation recognizing Bumar’s 34 years on the force, which came to a close with his Aug. 31 retirement. Before leading the department as chief for more than eight years, he served as a criminal investigator, juvenile officer, community relations officer and commander of the tactical response team at Latrobe.
Bumar displayed a work ethic that was “instrumental in maintaining a well-trained and equipped department, navigating through a myriad of laws, rules and regulations affecting law enforcement with distinction,” Deputy Mayor Gerald Baldonieri said as he read the proclamation. “He will be truly missed and leaves big shoes to fill by his successor.”
Council recognized Bumar for guiding the department in its participation in a regional Drug Task Force and for working with the Greater Latrobe School District to establish a school resource officer at the district.
Mike Porembka, director of teaching and learning at Greater Latrobe, thanked Bumar. “Our staff, our students, our school community are safer because of his efforts and his support over the last five years,” Porembka said.
“I am truly blessed in this career I’ve had here,” Bumar said at the meeting. He thanked council and Latrobe’s citizens for allowing him to serve on the force for more than three decades.
He said he plans to continue serving the town as a volunteer. “I’m still going to work within the community, with different organizations and entities, where I can help,” he said.
Bumar recently obtained a master’s degree in criminology at Saint Vincent College and plans to teach in the field. He noted he’s always stressed the need for continuing education for officers.
“Education is always important because of the changing environment in law enforcement,” he said.
Sgt. Joe Angus is in charge of the Latrobe force while the city looks to hire a new police chief. Council is planning this week to interview four top candidates, city manager Wayne Jones said.
Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, email@example.com or via Twitter @jhimler_news.