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Hanna seeks bid for re-election as sheriff

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Joe Hanna has announced his bid for re-election as Lehigh County sheriff. He will seek the nomination of the Republican Party in May.

Hanna was elected to office in 2015 after a 34-year career with Allentown Police Department, retiring as chief of police, and as a former Lehigh County detective.

During his tenure as sheriff, Hanna said he is proud of the innovations he has brought to the office. Among them is the creation of new policy and procedures, consistent with best practices in law enforcement. He anticipates the office to be accredited by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission by late 2019, he said.

Additionally, Hanna has introduced the first explosives detection and tracking canine to the sheriff’s office. During her tenure, Nevie has been credited with identification and examination of numerous packages of a suspicious nature.

Hanna said he has promoted enhanced training for supervisors and deputies in various areas of law enforcement. He has realigned divisions within the office, enhancing productivity. He has instituted more structure in the hiring practice of personnel while expanding diversity within the office. Hanna also created a community outreach program where deputies are encouraged to engage with the community. Presentations are given to school children and community groups.

He works with Lehigh County administration and the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners to ensure his office is providing efficient service while being fiscally responsible to the taxpayers. Grants totaling over $300,000 have been awarded to the sheriff’s office during his tenure.

Hanna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from Moravian College. He is a graduate of the United States FBI National Academy and Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

Among his numerous awards, he is the 2013 recipient of the Colonel John K. Schafer Award for professional excellence in law enforcement. In 2004, he was recognized with the Allentown Crime Watch Police Officer of the Year Award. During his service with Allentown Police Department, Hanna received four departmental commendations — two were for bravery.

A lifelong resident of Lehigh County, Hanna resides in Lower Macungie Township with his wife, Randy Anne, of 35 years. They have two children, Jared and Michelle.

“I have been privileged and humbled to collectively serve the citizens of Allentown and Lehigh County for the past 39 years. It would be an honor to continue my commitment to the progress and safety of our county by serving another term as your sheriff,” Hanna said.