for Immediate Release
Corbett Appoints 25-year State Police Veteran to Deputy Commissioner Post
Harrisburg – Governor Tom
Corbett today announced the appointment of Timothy J.
Mercer, a 25-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police, as the department’s
deputy commissioner of administration and professional responsibility.
“Major Mercer is an extraordinary commander
who came very highly recommended by Commissioner Frank Noonan,” Gov. Corbett
said. “He has served in various roles during his career, and for the past four
years has been in a key command position, which makes him the perfect choice
for the deputy commissioner post.”
Mercer, 47, a native of Bellwood, Blair
County, most recently served as the director of the State Police Bureau of Patrol
As deputy commissioner of
administration and professional responsibility, Mercer will hold the rank of
lieutenant colonel. His duties include
direct authority over the Bureau of Human Resources, the Bureau of Integrity
and Professional Standards, the Bureau of Training and Education, the
Department Discipline Office, the Equal Employment Opportunity Office, and the
Member Assistance Program.
One of his primary missions is to focus
on the recruitment of female and minority members, Gov. Corbett said.
Mercer enlisted in the State Police in
1988. Following his training at the
State Police Academy in Hershey, he was assigned to Troop S, Harrisburg.
As he progressed through the ranks,
Mercer also served at stations in Bedford, Hollidaysburg, Carlisle and
McConnellsburg. Mercer was promoted to
corporal in 1995, to sergeant in 1999, to lieutenant in 2005, to captain in 2008
and to major in 2012.
Mercer received a bachelor’s degree in
administration of justice from the Pennsylvania State University in 1988. He also is a 2008 graduate of the FBI
National Academy in Quantico, Va.
He is married to the former Sally L.
Kirkpatrick – she is a native of Tyrone, Blair County, and they have three
children: Morgan, Lindsey and Kamryn.
Mercer’s appointment was effective Nov.
EDITOR’S NOTE: A
digital photo of Mercer is available upon request.
Media contact: Maria
A. Finn, 717-783-5556
Jay Pagni, 717-783-1116