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State Police Announce Commissioned Officer Promotions

05/24/2024

Harrisburg, PA Colonel Christopher Paris, Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, announced the promotions of six Members, one to the rank of Captain and five to the rank of Lieutenant. All were recognized at a promotion ceremony on May 24.

Leslie E. Barr Promoted to Captain

Colonel Christopher Paris promoted Leslie E. Barr to Captain and assigned her to the Policy and Legislative Affairs Office.

A native of Cochranton, Crawford County, Captain Barr enlisted in the State Police in 2005. Upon graduation from the Academy, she was assigned to Troop C, Kane and later served in the Patrol Unit in Troop E, Warren.

Captain Barr was promoted to Corporal in 2015 and served as a Patrol Unit Supervisor in Troop F, Coudersport and Troop E, Franklin. She then served in the Policy and Procedure Unit, in the Bureau of Research and Development, until her promotion to Sergeant in 2018. She was assigned to Troop L, Reading as the Patrol Section Supervisor and later served as the Station Commander at Troop L, Jonestown.

Captain Barr then became the Department Regulatory Coordinator in the Policy and Legislative Affairs Office until 2021, when she was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the Department Discipline Office. She was subsequently assigned to the Policy and Legislative Affairs Office.

Captain Barr is a graduate of Cochranton High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Michael P. Becker Promoted to Lieutenant

Colonel Christopher Paris promoted Michael P. Becker to Lieutenant and assigned him as Commander of the Aviation Section, Special Services Division, Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations. Lieutenant Becker most recently served as the Aviation Section Supervisor.

A native of Frackville, Schuylkill County, Lieutenant Becker enlisted in the State Police in 2005. 

Upon graduation from the Academy, he was assigned to Troop M, Fogelsville.

Lieutenant Becker served in Troops M and L and the Tactical Operations and Special Services divisions of the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations. He was promoted to Corporal in 2016 and Sergeant in 2018.

Justin J. Feeney Promoted to Lieutenant

Colonel Christopher Paris promoted Justin J. Feeney to Lieutenant and assigned him as Commander of the Emergency Preparedness and Department Watch Center, Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Lieutenant Feeney most recently served as a supervisor at the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center, Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

A native of New Providence, Lancaster County, Lieutenant Feeney enlisted in the State Police in 2008. Upon graduation from the Academy, he was assigned to Troop H, York.

As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Feeney served in Troops H, J, and the Analytical Intelligence Section, Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He was promoted to Corporal in 2016 and Sergeant in 2020.

Ozzie Mills III Promoted to Lieutenant

Colonel Christopher Paris promoted Ozzie Mills III to Lieutenant and assigned him as the Community Affairs Section Commander of the Office of Community Engagement. Lieutenant Mills most recently served as a Patrol Section Supervisor at Troop H, Harrisburg.

A native of Monessen, Westmoreland County, Lieutenant Mills enlisted in the State Police in 2007. Upon graduation from the Academy, he was assigned to Troop B, Uniontown.

As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Mills served in Troops B, H, K, T, and the Office of Community Engagement. He was promoted to Corporal in 2018 and Sergeant in 2021.

Lauren A. Spallone Promoted to Lieutenant

Colonel Christopher Paris promoted Lauren A. Spallone to Lieutenant and assigned her as Director of the Safety Program Division, Bureau of Patrol. Lieutenant Spallone most recently served as the Criminal Investigation Section Supervisor at Troop A, Greensburg.

A native of Chester County, Lieutenant Spallone enlisted in the State Police in 2009. Upon graduation from the Academy, she was assigned to Troop J, Embreeville.

As she progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Spallone served in Troops J and A. She was promoted to Corporal in 2017 and Sergeant in 2019.

Timothy B. Starke Promoted to Lieutenant

Colonel Christopher Paris promoted Timothy B. Starke to Lieutenant and assigned him as Commander of the Operational Technology Services Section, Bureau of Communications and Information Services. Lieutenant Starke recently served as Staff Section Commander at Troop H, Harrisburg.

A native of Camp Hill, Cumberland County, Lieutenant Starke enlisted in the State Police in 2003. Upon graduation from the Academy, he was assigned to Troop K, Media.

As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Starke served in Troop K, the Bureau of Communications and Information Services, and Troops B and H. He was promoted to Corporal in 2014 and Sergeant in 2019.

Michelle Snyder Promoted to Administrative Officer 1

Colonel Christopher Paris promoted Michelle Snyder to Administrative Officer 1 and assigned her as the Bureau Administrative Manager in the Bureau of Communications and Information Services. 

A native of Carlisle, Cumberland County, Snyder started with the Pennsylvania State Police in May of 2013 as a Clerk Typist 2 at Troop H, Chambersburg. In November 2018, she accepted a promotion to Administrative Assistant 1 in the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. She accepted her promotion to Bureau Administrative Manager in May of 2023.

Contact: Lt. Adam Reed or Myles Snyder, 717-783-5556, ra-pspcomm@pa.gov

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