Chief's Bio


George J. Swartz, Jr., was appointed Chief of Police for the Spring Garden Township Police Department in April, 2001. Chief Swartz is responsible for a department of 24 employees and a $2 million budget.

Chief Swartz began his law enforcement career in 1980, when he joined the City of York, PA Police Department. He held a variety of positions throughout his career retiring in 2001 holding the rank of Captain. He has received numerous community and department awards, including the prestigious Police Officer of the Year Award.

Chief Swartz received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from York College of Pennsylvania, and a Masters Degree in Human Organization Science from Villanova University. He is also a graduate of the 213th Session of the FBI National Academy, and the FBI-LEEDS Program. He currently teaches criminal justice course at York College of Pennsylvania.

Chief Swartz serves on several local boards and committees. He is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, current President of the Central Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, and Past- President of the York County Chiefs of Police Association.

Chief Swartz resides in Spring Garden Township with his wife and two children.