Hughesville Resident Gets Promotion in State Police Department
HUGHESVILLE – Recently R. Scott Hunter from Hughesville was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as commander of the Operations Section in the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Special Investigations Division announced State Police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski from Harrisburg.
Hunter spent the last twenty years assigned primarily to the Montoursville Station. In Hunter’s new assignment, as operations section commander, his responsibilities will cover all of Pennsylvania. “This is a unique position for me,” said Hunter. “It presents an opportunity for travel to different areas of operation, while primarily working from Departmental Headquarters in Harrisburg.” There are ninety members assigned to the operations section, comprised of three specialized units.
These are the fugitive apprehension unit, the auto theft task force and the organized crime unit. “These are significant operations in a large service area. I get to work with all levels of law enforcement to include state and local police, immigration, the FBI, alcohol tobacco and firearms, US Marshall’s Service. At this level all law enforcement participants interact and work together. My goal goal is to work hand in hand with all of these agencies. The partnership approach makes the job very enjoyable to Hunter because the approach is effective by pulling all the resources together in one division. Everyone works together.
Police work has been Hunters career since he graduated from Edinboro University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 1984.
“I have been fortunate to work for the State Police and to be surrounded by excellent co-workers and role models,” he comments. “It has allowed me to be successful.” While he was in uniform patrol at the Montoursville barracks over the years, Hunter made hundreds of DUI arrests. He spent five years undercover as a unit supervisor for vice narcotics covering nine counties including Lycoming.
He received Leadership in Police Organizations training from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and served for two years in the U,S. Army Military Police.
He was promoted to corporal in 1993 and to sergeant in 2006. As he progressed through the ranks, Hunter served at stations in Milton, Dunmore and Mansfield with the Troop F Vice/Narcotics Unit, with the Bureau of Drug Law Enforcement and as a negotiator with a Special Emergency Response Team.
“Working as a member of the Special Emergency Response Team was one of the most enjoyable times of my career,” he said. “I love my job. I am as enthusiastic today as I was in my rookie year. I have a job with a lot of variety. I never know what to expect each day. I like making a difference in people’s lives, especially when I help victims. “They deserve professional service and the best we have to offer,” he stated.
Hunter is married to the former Lillian J. Clark who is a registered nurse, and they have two children, Sarah 17 and Sam, 15. Both of them attend Hughesville High School. Hunter has also coached youth sports for the past 12 years in the district including pee wee football, wrestling, little league softball and little league baseball.