Chief Mark R. Ofner retired May 31, after serving Bedminster Township for 36 years.
Ofner began his law enforcement career in 1983 with the Tioga County Sheriffs Department and as a patrolman with Elkland Borough Police Department.
In April of 1984, he was hired by the Bedminster Township Police Department. Over the course of his career, Ofner had numerous notable accomplishments and held titles of patrolman, detective, sergeant and chief.
On Aug. 15, 2007, he became the second Ofner to be the Chief of Police for Bedminster Township. Mark Ofner’s father, Albert “Mike” Ofner, was Bedminster Township’s first police chief in the 1960s.
The Ofner legacy in law enforcement is sure to continue as Mark Ofner’s son, Matt, is set to graduate from the Allentown Police Academy June 12. He is actively interviewing for police jobs.
Chief Mark Ofner will surely be missed by the department and residents alike, the department said, adding, “We wish him the best of luck and the most enjoyable retirement!”
Bedminster has not yet appointed a new chief, but is in the process of doing so. The department does not have an interim chief.