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Pennsylvania State Police Employee Retires with more than 50 Years of Service

April 24, 2002

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Pennsylvania State Police Employee Retires with more than 50 Years of Service

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Robert J. Zinsky, director of the State Police Bureau of Staff Services since 1978, retires Friday, April 26, with more than 50 years of service to the Pennsylvania State Police.

"Robert Zinsky holds the honorable distinction of being the longest-serving employee in the 97-year history of the Pennsylvania State Police," said State Police Commissioner Paul J. Evanko. "His dedication and leadership exemplify the crucial role of civilian employees in carrying out the duties of the department."

Zinsky, 68, of Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, joined the State Police as a clerk at a station in Lackawanna County on April 16, 1952. He received several promotions at that station and transferred to department headquarters in Harrisburg in 1963 to become assistant to the department's fiscal officer.

Zinsky continued to advance and was named director of the Bureau of Staff Services in 1978. In that position, he has overseen the department's fiscal, facility management, transportation and procurement and supply operations.

"Although he has worked at headquarters since 1963, Bob's focus has always been on the troopers in the field and how he could make their job safer and more efficient," Col. Evanko said.

"Bob has taken a leading role in the revolutionary changes in the department in recent years, including the introduction of the latest technology to our crime-fighting efforts."

A native of Olyphant, Lackawanna County, Zinsky is a graduate of Girard College, Philadelphia, and attended the University of Scranton. He took a leave without pay from State Police from September 1953 to September 1955 to serve in the U.S. Army.

Zinsky and his wife, Nancy, have four children and five grandchildren.

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