One of our goals going into 2021 is to continue building strong bonds with our community. We say “our” community because, as you will see, we are a part of this community as well. For instance, did you know that 4 out of 5 of our full-time officers live right here in Strasburg Borough? And all our full-time officers live in the Lampeter-Strasburg School District; 3 of which have children or grandchildren currently attending LS?

The Strasburg Borough Police Department will be highlighting a different officer each month in an effort to better acquaint you with YOUR police department. Each officer’s contact information will be provided, and we invite you to really get to know us!

Chief F. Steven Echternach has had a long and distinguished career with the Strasburg Borough Police Department.  Chief Echternach began his law enforcement career as a Patrolman in 1983, before being promoted to Sergeant in 1987, and finally, promoted to Chief in 2002. 

Chief Echternach has a bachelor’s degree in Organization Management and is a 1996 graduate of the 186th session of the FBI National Academy.  Additionally, Chief Echternach has his Professional Certification in Emergency Management. 

Along with being responsible for all aspects of the department, Chief Echternach is also an Information and Intelligence Officer with the South-Central Terrorism Task Force and a vetted member of the Pennsylvania State Police Fusion Center.  

Chief Echternach grew up here in Strasburg and lives here to this day.  He and his wife, Miriam, have two daughters at home, Jocelynn and Grace, along with an adult son, Howard. 

In his time away from the office, Chief Echternach enjoys spending time with his family, camping, hunting, biking and is active with his church, Grace Community Church Willow Street. 

After 38 years in uniform, at the end of this year, Chief Echternach will be retiring from Law Enforcement and stepping into his new position as Strasburg Borough Manager.  Though we are sad to have him go (across the building), we look forward to working with him in this new capacity.  

If you would like to get to know Chief Echternach better, he can be reached by phone at (717) 687-7128.