The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Northumberland County

March 13, 2014

Milton police chief retires, takes Point Township job

— MILTON — After 25 years with the Milton Police Department, Chief Craig Lutcher is taking an early retirement and will join the Point Township Police Department.

Lutcher, who had been chief of the eight-man police force for nine years, informed the Borough Council he was exercising his early retirement option at its Feb. 26 meeting. The retirement was approved by the council Wednesday, Lutcher’s last day on the job.

Lutcher’s appointment as a Point Township officer was approved Tuesday night by the township supervisors.

The early-retirement option is a clause in the borough’s pension plan, Borough Manager Chuck Beck said. The move was Lutcher’s decision, and there is no conflict between the two groups, Beck said.

“There are in no way hard feelings,” he said.

Lutcher could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

The council will decide who will head the police department next, Beck said.

Lutcher, 47, replaced Paul Yost as chief. Yost now serves as chief of the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department in Union County.

Lutcher’s retirement comes as officials in Milton and neighboring Watsontown are expressing interest in exploring a regional police department.

Officials are “just beginning to explore” the idea, and Watsontown Councilman Harry Hefty said he’s “willing to begin to talk about it.”

Beck said his borough also is open to discussing options for a regionalized force, although no official action has taken place.

“It doesn’t hurt to sit down and talk about anything,” he said.

However, Beck agreed that discussions are “very preliminary.”

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