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Steele served as assistant police chief since February of 2020 and has been part of McKeesport’s police force since his hiring in 1996. He became a full-time officer in 1999. Alfer and Steele were hired together by McKeesport council in 1996. Alfer retired from the department last month after being named the chief of police for South Allegheny School District.“There’s no question we’re in good hands with Mark’s leadership,” Mayor Michael Cherepko said. “I look forward to working with Chief Steele ... And I want you to know you are already an incredible asset to this department, and you will continue to do so. With all of my heart and soul, I know you’re going to lead us in the right direction.”
Before Judge Riazzi swore in Chief Steele, he asked the long-time McKeesport officer if he had ever envisioned becoming the chief of police. Steele said that he hadn’t, which was met with laughter from the crowd of nearly 50 meeting attendees.