Township's First Police Captain

01/14/2022 by Manager

West Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors, along with Chief Lisa Layden announced the promotion of Sgt. Douglas L. Ober to the rank of Captain at their January 3, 2022 board of supervisor meeting.

The township created the Captain position in 2021 to better define the “chain of command” within the police department. The Captain will be “2nd in charge” in the absence of the Chief of Police. Captain Ober has been a police officer in Lancaster County for 25 years.

Ober began his career in Manheim Borough in 1997 before being hired by West Hempfield Township in February 2002 as a patrol officer.

Ober was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 2009 and was assigned as a patrol supervisor for many years. He was also assigned to the Detective division for several years before being promoted to Administrative Sergeant in 2019.