Mercyhurst names new chief of police

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Donald J. Fuhrmann Jr. has been named the new chief of police at Mercyhurst University following an announcement Thursday morning.

Fuhrmann, who is retiring from the Bureau of Erie Police after 28 years of service, was named to the position in a joint news conference by Mayor Joe Sinnott and Mercyhurst Provost David Dausey at City Hall.

“We believe that DJ will be a great asset to the university in leading our Police and Safety Department and we are eager to welcome him to our college community,” Mercyhurst President Michael Victor said in a press release.

Fuhrmann, who was deputy police chief, replaces Robert Kuhn, a former City of Erie assistant police chief, who retired as Mercyhurst’s chief earlier this summer following six years of service. Fuhrmann begins his Mercyhurst tenure on Aug. 10. He will oversee 10 full-time and four pat-time police officers and two additional security personnel.

During his 28 years with the city, Fuhrmann managed small police units as a sergeant before culminating his career as deputy chief of Erie’s 173-member police department. He also served as a liaison to other law enforcement agencies, support services and community organizations, and was a member of the SWAT team for seven years. 

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