The City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Holds Promotions Ceremony for Police

PITTSBURGH, PA (December 23, 2021) -- The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police held a promotions ceremony on Thursday in the Mayor’s Conference room. 

One officer was promoted to the rank of assistant chief, A lieutenant was promoted to commander and five officers to sergeant. 

 Police Chief Scott Schubert spoke on how this day is special to not only the officers, but also their family and citizens of Pittsburgh.

“They have a very stressful and very dangerous job,” said Schubert. “They go out there giving their all, to make a difference and keep people safe. When someone calls 9-1-1, they don’t ask who it is, but go out there to help.” 

Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich thanked the families for their continued support of the officers.

“You are out there day to day making important decisions,” said Hissrich. “We thank your families for allowing us to have your time away from them.” 

Mayor William Peduto issued the Oath of Office. 

“You will be the first line of protection, responsibility, and the one younger officers will look to for guidance.” said Mayor Peduto. “Your new ranks are positions that come from merit, duty and respect from others.”

Phillip Carey was promoted to the rank of assistant chief. 

Ray Rippole was promoted to the rank of commander.

Jeffrey Tagmyer, Walter Dusch, Stephanie LaBella, Keith Miles, Frank Welling, Robert Stroschein, and Richard Ruffolo were promoted to sergeant.

The newly promoted officer’s assignment duties are to be determined later.

Congratulations to new Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Assistant Chief, Commander, and Sergeants!




Maurice Matthews
Assistant Public Information Officer
Public Safety