The state association evolved into a training organization for police chiefs and officers and acts as a forum to stay in close contact with state legislators, DeFrank explained.
As president, DeFrank will oversee the activities of the association with the chairman of the board and the executive director. He will remain borough police chief during his tenure.
Some of his duties will include managing a staff of six employees who work out of the Harrisburg, Pa., headquarters, making policy decisions, representing the association at public functions, handling media relations and conducting meetings at the annual conference, according to outgoing President Tom Sturgeon, assistant superintendent of the Allegheny County Police Department.
"Chief DeFrank is a bright guy and a good leader. I'm positive he'll do a great job," Sturgeon said. "It will be a pleasure to turn over the gavel to someone of Chief DeFrank's quality."
Sturgeon said he would like to see DeFrank continue some of the projects that he started in the last year, including awarding a medal of valor each year to a deserving police officer, striving for the department's financial stability and following through with the association's long range plans.
"My only advice to Chief DeFrank would be to do what you feel is right," Sturgeon said.
DeFrank said he has some goals of his own for his term, primarily in the form of political action.
"I'm interested, and the association is also interested, in trying to get pending legislation passed," he said.
Under DeFrank, the association will continue to lobby for support of a statewide pension plan bill that would allow municipal employees to retain their pension plans when changing jobs.
DeFrank also has plans to get the association behind a bill that would allow municipal police in the state to use radar for traffic control.
He also wants to stop or change pending legislation which, if passed, would not allow police in the state to use unmarked police cars for traffic control.
DeFrank was born and raised in Chester, Pa., in Delaware County. After two years in the Air Force, he entered law enforcement in Kansas City, Mo., in 1968. From 1976 to 1983 he was police chief for Northumberland Borough Police before moving to Chambersburg.