Lycoming County Native Among 28 State Police Promoted

July 18, 2011

HARRISBURG: State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan has promoted Stephen L. Kiessling Jr., 43, of Londonderry Township, Dauphin County, to lieutenant and assigned him to the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission.

Kiessling most recently served as supervisor of National Incident Management System implementation in the Domestic Security Division of the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

A native of Williamsport, Lycoming County, Kiessling enlisted in the State Police in 1990.  Following his training at the State Police Academy in Hershey, he was assigned to Troop R, Blooming Grove.

As he progressed through the ranks, Kiessling also served at stations in Dunmore, Chambersburg, Carlisle, Harrisburg, Honesdale and Lykens.  He was promoted to corporal in 1999 and to sergeant in 2002.

Kiessling served in the U.S. Army and completed the Penn State Police Executive Development program in 2006.  He also received Leadership in Police Organizations training from the International Association of Chiefs of Police in 2008 and is a 2011 graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

Joining Kiessling in a promotion last Friday were other former area residents: Walter J. Witkowski, Todd L. Harman and Sean T. McGinley.

Witkowski, 42, of Bloomsburg, Columbia County, was promoted to lieutenant and assigned him as eastern commander of the Systems and Process Review Division of the State Police Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards.

Witkowski most recently served as station commander at Troop F, Milton. A native of Frackville, Schuylkill County, Witkowski enlisted in the State Police in 1992.  Following his training at the State Police Academy in Hershey, he was assigned to Troop N, Fern Ridge.

As he progressed through the ranks, Witkowski also served at stations in Hazleton, Bloomsburg, Honesdale, Gibson, Swiftwater, Dunmore, Coudersport and Selinsgrove.  He was promoted to corporal in 2002 and to sergeant in 2005.

Witkowski attended Kutztown University and received Leadership in Police Organizations training from the International Association of Chiefs of Police. His wife, Alison, is a native of Bloomsburg.

Harman, 42, of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, was promoted to lieutenant and assigned him as commander of the Megan’s Law Section in the State Police Bureau of Records and Identification.

He most recently served as station commander at Troop G. Lewistown. A native of Lykens, Dauphin County, Harman enlisted in the State Police in 1992.  Following his training at the State Police Academy in Hershey, he was assigned to Troop F, Montoursville.

As he progressed through the ranks, Harman also served at stations in Towanda, Wyoming and Harrisburg and with the Bureau of Patrol and the Bureau of Research and Development.  He was promoted to corporal in 1999 and to sergeant in 2002.

Harman received a bachelor’s degree in government from Shippensburg University in 1991.  He received the State Police Medal of Honor in 1996 for his efforts to rescue persons trapped by flood waters in Lycoming Township, Lycoming County, on Jan. 19, 1996.

McGinley, 41, of Elysburg, Northumberland County, was promoted to lieutenant and assigned him to the State Police Legislative Affairs Office. He most recently served as station commander at Troop F, Stonington.

A native of Centralia, Columbia County, McGinley enlisted in the State Police in 1992.  Following his training at the State Police Academy in Hershey, he was assigned to Troop F, Montoursville.

As he progressed through the ranks, McGinley also served at stations in Laporte, Selinsgrove and Bethlehem.  He was promoted to corporal in 2002 and to sergeant in 2006.