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Friday, January 30, 2015

Timothy Mercer Retires with 27 Years of Service to the State Police

Lieutenant Colonel Timothy J. Mercer
Harrisburg – The state police today announced the retirement of Lieutenant Colonel Timothy J. Mercer, a 27-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police. Mercer, 48, a native of Bellwood, Blair County, most recently served as the department's deputy commissioner of administration and professional responsibility.

As deputy commissioner of administration and professional responsibility, Mercer held the rank of lieutenant colonel. In that position, his focus has always been on the troopers in the field and how he could make their job safer and more efficient.

Mercer enlisted in the state police in 1988. Following his training at the State Police Academy in Hershey, he was assigned to Troop S, Harrisburg. In addition, he served at stations in Bedford, Hollidaysburg, Carlisle and McConnellsburg.

Mercer was promoted to corporal in 1995, to sergeant in 1999, to lieutenant in 2005, to captain in 2008, to major in 2012 and lieutenant colonel in 2013.

Mercer received a bachelor's degree in administration of justice from the Pennsylvania State University in 1988. He is also a 2008 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

He is married to the former Sally L. Kirkpatrick – she is a native of Tyrone, Blair County, and they have three children: Morgan, Lindsey and Kamryn.

Mercer's retirement is effective today.

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