Chief Deputy John A. Kearney

John A. Kearney was sworn in as Chief Deputy of the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office on January 3, 2022.  Appointed by Sheriff Kraus, Chief Kearney is charged with carrying out the Sheriff’s mandates, managing daily operations of the agency across its three divisions and overseeing the Office’s 204 sworn and civilian employees.

A 37-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, Chief Kearney was hired by the late Sheriff Eugene Coon and promoted through the ranks to Sergeant and Lieutenant, the position he held the past 17 years.  He holds the distinction of working as a supervisor under three separate administrations and is recognized for his comprehensive knowledge of agency functions.

Since 2004, Chief Kearney has served as Lieutenant of the Sheriff’s Office’s Investigations daylight and evening criminal and non-support fugitive squads.  He reported directly to the Chief Deputy on a host of investigative and security-related matters and was responsible for the direction and performance of all criminal, non-support and miscellaneous investigations.  His collaboration with federal and local law enforcement agencies across the country for the past 20 years has led to the prompt detainment of countless dangerous fugitives and sexual predators wanted on high-profile homicide, felony, and sexual assault warrants. 

While overseeing Investigations, Chief Kearney was committed to preventing child sex abuse in Allegheny County.  His work with the Pennsylvania State Police on Megan’s Law cases in the apprehension of runaway violators has ensured nearly all offenders living in our region are accounted for and in compliance with statutes. 

In 2006, Chief Kearney was recognized by newly appointed Sheriff, Bill Mullen, as his first selection to receive the esteemed Law Enforcement Agency Director’s Award for conducting tenacious and thorough investigations leading to the arrest of violent, egregious fugitives posing critical risk to public safety.  Throughout the years to follow, Sheriff Mullen awarded him numerous commendations for key contributions to the arrest of warrant suspects.  Over the course of 20 years, Chief Kearney and his squads apprehended more than 20,000 fugitives. He has also received acknowledgements from federal and local law enforcement agencies for his critical assistance in the solution of major crimes cases.
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Chief Kearney and his wife of 28 years, Michele, are life-long residents of Allegheny County. 


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Sheriff Kevin M. Kraus
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Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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