Lackawanna Names Police Academy Director
SCRANTON, Pa. – Lackawanna College welcomes Moosic resident, John Chilleri, as the next Police Academy Director. Chilleri assumes this role after the unexpected passing of Atty. Maryann Grippo in October 2017. Atty. Grippo served as Academy Director since 2014 and left a legacy of excellence in law enforcement training.
Chilleri has worked at Lackawanna College as a Police Academy Instructor since 1991. Most recently, he was the Police Academy Associate Director of Emergency Medical Response. After the passing of Atty. Grippo, Chilleri also served as Site Coordinator for the Lackawanna College Scranton campus.
“John brings a wealth of experience as both a police officer and an instructor to his new role as Academy Director. His commitment is to ensuring that our graduates are as well trained and prepared as we can make them. This is one of the many reasons he was a perfect choice for this new leadership role,” said Mark Volk, Lackawanna College President.
One of Chilleri’s major goals is to expand the Academy’s law enforcement continuing education program. “Based on the current environment that law Enforcement officers serve in, their training is more important than ever. Today officers are expected to be capable of handling calls ranging from service to recognizing possible terrorist incidents,” said Chilleri. “As law Enforcement Instructors, we must lead by example. The Cadets we train will be the future law enforcement leaders.”
Chilleri stated that he recognizes the tremendous responsibility he has been given and cites that the Academy moto of “mission before self” has always been the way he approached his career in public service.
Chilleri previously was employed as a full-time officer at the Moosic Police Department since 1995, ending his full-time career with the rank of Sergeant.
Prior to his career in law in enforcement, Chilleri was the Director of Training for the Regional EMS Council Emergency Medical Services of Northeastern PA. In that position, he was responsible for coordinating Pennsylvania Department of Health Emergency Medical Care Training and Certification for the five counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Chilleri also served as a local level Pennsylvania State Fire Service Instructor for nearly 10 years.
Chilleri served for six years in the United States Army Reserve as a Military Police Officer and Training Sergeant.
He earned a B.S. Degree in Administration of Criminal Justice Agencies from Pennsylvania State University in 1983 and returned to Penn State in 1997 to earn his certification as a Paralegal.
Chilleri indicated that he chose to be the Police Academy Director instead of pursuing a position as Chief or Law Enforcement Department Administrator. “Not only are we preparing these fine men and women for a career as Police Officers, we are preparing them to be the future law enforcement leaders. I would rather be the king-maker than the king.”
Chilleri added that he is fortunate to have been blessed by having an outstanding team of instructors that represent federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to carry out the task of educating future law enforcement Officers.