Bethlehem mayor nominates city’s first female police chief

Written by on September 24, 2020

 Bethlehem mayor nominates city’s first female police chief 

By WLVR Staff

September 24, 2020

The city of Bethlehem may first have its first woman chief of police.

On Wednesday Mayor Bob Donchez nominated Police Captain Michelle Kott to be the head of law enforcement.

If approved by city council, she will become just the third woman to lead a Pennsylvania police department. 

Kott joined the force in 2004 and became the city’s first female police captain last year.

“I’m truly honored to be selected to lead the men and women of the Bethlehem Police Department. A department I consider to be one of the, in not only the state, but the nation.”

Donchez said he expects Kott to bring a new perspective – and new energy – to the Bethlehem Police Department.

Kott would succeed Mark Diluzio. Diluzio retired earlier this month after reposting an offensive Facebook meme that mocked NBA players who protested police brutality against African-Americans.

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