SHARON, Pa. -- Tom Burke won't officially take over as police chief until Mayor-elect David O. Ryan is sworn into office Monday, but he'll be serving as acting chief until then.
Burke, 40, captain of detectives, was appointed acting chief Wednesday by retiring Mayor Robert T. Price.
Retiring Police Chief Raymond Greene is on the books until about Feb. 20, using up vacation time he earned in 2001, but his last day actually on the job was Tuesday. He started a new job in security at Sharon Regional Health System on Wednesday.
That left the city without a police chief, though Price said Greene had put Burke in charge of the department in his absence.
Price said he made that official with a letter to Burke on Wednesday morning, formally appointing him acting chief.
Ryan, who will take the oath of office in a ceremony set for 7 p.m. Monday, had announced Burke's pending appointment Dec. 21 but said he would ask Price to make Burke acting chief after Greene's last day on the job.
Burke, who joined the department in October 1992, was appointed juvenile officer in February 1997 and promoted to detective in January 1998. He became a captain in January 2001.