WEST BRANDYWINE >> West Brandywine Police Chief Walter M. Werner is retiring after 32 years of serving in the township.
West Brandywine Township Supervisors’ Chairman Cassels read Werner’s resignation letter during the supervisors’ March 15 meeting. Werner’s retirement is effective on April 30. He thanked the supervisors for allowing him to serve and he thanked his family for supporting him during his career.
“I also want to thank my fellow coworker for their support and dedication to the overall mission of West Brandywine Township,” his letter states. “Most of all, I would like to commend the men and women of the West Brandywine Township Police Department for their professionalism and unwavering dedication to duty. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve and protect the citizens of West Brandywine Township.”
Werner has served the residents and community of West Brandywine for the past 32 years. He started with the department in 1986 and rose through the ranks, serving as a corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and eventually being appointed as the chief of police.
“Chief Werner had always instilled the importance of serving the community he was sworn to protect and had done so proudly for 32 years,” the police department Facebook page states. “As this chapter closes on Chief Werner’s life and career, a new chapter will open which the men an woman of the West Brandywine Police Department wish him well, and thank him for his service and leadership.”
Township officials said that Werner helped to progress the department, including by obtaining police and cops grants for manpower and equipment over the years which saved taxpayers money. He coordinated the bike events and other community events which the police officers actively participated.
Werner is using his vacation time until his official retirement on April 30. He will be present at supervisors meeting on Thursday for people wishing to speak with him. Police said that anyone who is unable to attend the meeting, and would like to send any correspondence, can send it to the police station or drop it off during normal business hours and the department will forward to Werner.
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