TOWANDA - David Hart has been promoted to chief deputy sheriff of Bradford County, county officials announced on Thursday.

Hart replaces Ken Foss, who is retiring from law enforcement to do other work.

"(Hart) comes to the position with a lot of training, experience and knowledge within law enforcement and is very respected," Bradford County Sheriff Clinton "C.J." Walters said. "I am looking forward to working with Chief Deputy Hart in the many years ahead as he is a great asset to me and my office."

Hart began his career in law enforcement in 1996 as a corrections officer at the Bradford County Correctional Facility.

After working as a corrections officer for several years, he attended and graduated from the Pennsylvania Act 120 Municipal Police Academy in Mansfield in 2001

He then worked for several years as a full-time police officer for Athens Borough.

Hart has been working full-time as a deputy sheriff for Bradford County since 2005.

"I'm happy for the opportunity" to serve as chief deputy sheriff, Hart said. "I'll be working with a great group of people, whom I've been working with for quite some time."

Hart will receive a salary of $18.12 per hour.