Richland police chief resigns after 9 years on job

After 37 years in law enforcement, Richland Police Chief Tony Corsi finds he's ready for something new.

Corsi, 56, submitted his resignation Monday after nine years as the city's top cop. His last day is Jan. 28.

"The average tenure for a police chief nationwide is about 4.2 years," Corsi said. "Nine years is a pretty good run."

Philadelphia native Corsi came to Richland in 2001 from Denver, where he had served on the police force for 26 years, including a stint as deputy police chief.

Prior to Denver, he worked as a police officer in Ocean City, N.J.

"It has been a wonderful experience to be here in Richland," Corsi said. "I have been treated very well. I hope the people of Richland feel a little bit safer."

He said with the diligent work of the people in his department, crime rates in Richland have gone from 41 crimes reported per 1,000 people when he started in 2001 to 25 per 1,000 people in 2009. He expects to see those numbers drop again for 2010.

"I'm proud of the employees," he said. "I'm proud the Richland Police Department has been able to make great strides in providing service and safety to the community."

City Manager Cindy Johnson said she believes Corsi will leave the department a better place than when he took over as chief.

"The service he has provided to the city has been phenomenal," she said. "We will miss him tremendously."

His new career path will include focusing on a consulting business he started and lecturing around the country about organizational development and leadership for Pennsylvania State University.

Corsi has a master's degree in human resources, and is a graduate of Penn State's advanced executive degree program.

He began lecturing for the university about four years ago, primarily about the challenges of adapting organizations to the culture and work styles of the younger generation of employees as Baby Boomers retire and are replaced by members of Generations X and Y.

Although his lecture travels have taken him around the country, he plans to continue living in Richland for now. His wife, Wendy, works as an administrative specialist in the city clerk's office.

In fact, the two met on the job -- a happenstance Corsi counts as the brightest highlight of his time in the city.

"It's probably the best thing that ever happened to me," he said.

w Michelle Dupler: 582-1543; mdupler@tricityherald.com