The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 13, 2014

Geistown’s top cop signs 10-year pact

— Nicholas Zakucia has been police chief in Geistown since 2010.

Borough Council made certain Zakucia will continue as chief approving a 10 year contract, council President Joseph Sernell said Thursday.

“Over the last five years as chief and many years before that as patrolman, Nick has shown a level of professionalism and courtesy to the people, to council and to neighboring municipalities,” Sernell said.

“We wanted to make sure he’s with us for the next decade.”

As full-time police chief, Zakucia heads a department of 11 part-time officers serving a community with about 2,300 residents.

“I enjoy working for Geistown,” said Zakucia, 44. “It’s a great little community.

“We have a good working relationship with the residents, and we provide a professional service for the people of Geistown,” he said.

The police department operates with a budget of $283,000.

The borough’s general fund budget is about $1 million.

“We make sure we provide the best possible protection for the people of the borough without burdening the taxpayer,” Sernell said.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on


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