Mover & Shaker of the Month

David R. Disanti Sr.

On Nov. 1, David Disanti took over as the new chief of the McCandless Township Police Department after the retirement of Chief Gary Anderson.  He is no stranger to the area, he started his career in the 70s and rose to the rank of Detective and Sergeant for McCandless Township.  He is happy to return the region that he spent 28 years serving.  “The people of McCandless are special and they are very welcoming.  I feel very blessed to be here,” DiSanti remarked.

Prior to his recent appointment, Disanti served for 10 ½ years as the Chief of Police in Oakmont from 2006 to 2016.  He is a strong man of faith.  As he notes, “Serving is a call from God, I put my faith in him.  There are so many things that people can do to help others.  No matter what the situation is, you should always handle people with respect.  Treat others as you would like to be treated. I feel that is very important. It has worked well for me my whole life.”

DiSanti is a member of the executive board of the Western Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.  He also serves as the chaplain of the Allegheny County Chiefs of Police Association and the FBI – Western Pennsylvania National Academy. He officiated over the Pennsylvania Chiefs Association Chaplin duties for the annual conference this past summer.

As McCandless Township police chief, DiSanti is in charge of a workforce that provides 24-hour coverage.  He oversees 20 patrol officers, two detectives, four patrol sergeants, two lieutenants, a two-person civilian support staff and six crossing guards.  DiSanti wants to increase the training of his officers, so that they can be up-to-date and serve the township with care.  “I want to develop the best police department possible,” DiSanti noted, “to match this wonderful community.”

DiSanti has been married for 36 years to his wife Gina, who he refers to as, “his angel on earth.”  They have two sons – David who is a school teacher at Freeport, and Dominic who is studying medicine at Seton Hill University.  They also have a granddaughter, Elizabeth, who is the apple of their eye.

To further add to his commitment to the region, Chief DiSanti noted, “I am also available for public speaking at churches, rotary departments or other organizations.”  If you are interested in having Chief DiSanti speak at your public engagement, feel free to give him a call at the McCandless Township Police Department at (412) 369-7992.

By: Paula Green