On 12/21/2021, Chief Howard Burton officially retired from the Penn Hills Police Department. Chief Burton served the Penn Hills community with honor and integrity for 52 years. We would like to take a moment to recognize Chief Burton’s accomplishments and dedication to the community.
Chief Burton began his career with the PHPD in 1969 when he was hired as patrol officer. It was obvious early in Chief Burton’s career he was going to be a valued asset to the department. After spending several years as a patrol officer, Chief Burton was promoted to the position of Detective in the Criminal Investigations Division. Chief Burton spent years investigating violent crime and narcotics complaints. Chief Burton always put victims and the community first.
After working as a Detective, Chief Burton was promoted to Patrol Sergeant where he supervised patrol officers in the field. Chief Burton was then promoted to Lieutenant where he was the administrator of both the Patrol and Investigative Divisions. Chief Burton spent several years in these positions overseeing departmental operations. Chief Burton honed his leadership skills during this time which prepared him for his next step as Chief of Police.
Chief Burton took over command of the department as the OIC from 1995-1999. In 1999, Chief Burton was officially promoted to Chief of Police. The roll he would hold for the next 22 years before his retirement in December of 2021.
Chief Burton was one of the most well respected and well known Law Enforcement Officers in Western Pennsylvania. Chief Burton earned the respect of every officer that served with him. Chief Burton was a true leader in every sense of the word and led by example. Chief Burton’s experience and knowledge will be missed by the entire PHPD. From all of us at the PHPD, enjoy your retirement Chief!