Thursday, May 20, 2021

Allentown Police Chief to Take Over Reins in West Reading

Allentown Police Chief Glenn Granitz is leaving the city police department to take over the reins in West Reading's smaller,and less stressful, department. Sources tell me Granitz, a city resident whose home is located close to William Allen High School, has been working day and night to make his city and his police department better. But he may have been working too hard at what is all-too-often a thankless job.

Gnanitz grew up in Allentown and is a graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School.  Hehas been a police officer since 2001. He has degrees from St. Joseph's University and the University of Cincinnati. 

Ganitz has been Chief since September 2019, and is well-respected both inside and outside the department

My information comes from sources inside City Hall. I have not spoken to Chief Granitz personally. 

I wish him well in West Reading.  

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fuck The Police Allentown would prefer a social worker over a police chief to oversee the remainder of the city's violent decline. Solid police leaders won't come near Allentown. When they accidentally do, they quickly plot their escape. Allentown has lost one of these. It will only find another by accident, and only for a little while, again.

Anonymous said...

It was only a matter of time. He has a long life ahead of him, already proven himself MORE than capable of doing the job, etc. Allentown’s policing troubles will only increase going forward. West Reading is a wonderful community with far less daily stress. Great neighborhoods, clean, and respectful. All the best to his family, too!

Anonymous said...

Huge loss for Allentown, Chief Granitz was the reason Allentown didn't explode last summer. Ray, please look internally or locally for his replacement.

Anonymous said...

And Captain Kaiser is also leaving the city for a job in Northern Berks

John said...

Beautiful West Reading is our one-thirtieth the size of Allentown and is sandwiched between the Schuylkill River on the east and prosperous, pleasant Wyomissing on the west. There might be a touch of Shillington to the south. No matter. Its main commercial corridor, Penn Avenue, has enjoyed a commercial renaissance in the past twenty years and has great restaurants, a brewery or two, and a mom-and-pop drugstore. With Tower Health’s flagship, Reading Hospital, as its largest employer, there’s a lot of traffic in and out of the borough daily.

I can’t imagine a nicer borough in which to round out a career.

Anonymous said...

I though Chief Granitz would stick around awhile.With a new Mayor who knows what will happen

Anonymous said...

Shocking! Chief Granitz is a home grown product, well respected in the community. Sad to see him go, especially to a rinky-dink police force in West Reading. Could the pressure have been that bad? He seemed to have thick skin, and a love for Allentown. Makes no sense.

Anonymous said...

He's a very fine man. It's definitely our loss.

Can't blame him, though, and wish him a long and successful tenure in his new command...

Anonymous said...

Allentown is losing a good person and it is clearly not fixed. Tuerk inherits a mess, but provides little hope. Nat Hyman said it well, as posted here a few months ago:

"Matt Tuerk, whose only experience has been working for The Allentown Economic Development Council, and we see how well he did at that, also has absolutely no business, management or leadership experience."

Charlie Sc said...

The hope is that Chief Granitz only applied for the job as a backup plan in case the elections went bad for the future of the Allentown Police. Hopefully, he will withdraw his name from West Reading and stay for a few more years. The news reports only say that he was offered the job, not that he accepted it.

Anonymous said...

Makes no sense? For who? You? He looks young. I'm sure he has his own reasons for leaving. He grew up, lives and works right in the same very city. Maybe it is time for him. Does not mean he has no love for the city.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who would want to live or work in Allentown is a fool. It is a complete and utter mess. Congrats to Glenn, he deserves better and is finally going to be rewarded for all the good work he has done.

Anonymous said...

8:16 Ray is out--he did enough for the city he loves so much

Anonymous said...

"Anyone who would want to live or work in Allentown is a fool. It is a complete and utter mess. Congrats to Glenn, he deserves better and is finally going to be rewarded for all the good work he has done."

You sure have a lot of nerve denigrating my home town that I live in and love. Why do you need to be so angry, judgmental negative and pessimistic? You have northing better to do than insult 110,000 people today? Maybe your idea of "a complete and utter mess" is based in racial or ethnic intolerance? Some people might be inclined to call your community a complete and utter mess.

Anonymous said...

No doubt about it - Allentown has gone to the dogs.����

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