07/21/2008 / Phoenixvillenews.com
Long before Lt. Col. Frank Pawlowski moved up to the Pennsylvania State Police headquarters in Harrisburg, he worked a slew of criminal investigations in Chester County.
Pawlowski, who was named acting commissioner this month, handled a number of local cases while working as a state police investigator in Chester County.
A more notable arrest credited to Pawlowski is that of the Coatesville Water Authority’s director. In 1990, Christina Frey was charged with various counts of bribery and theft by deception. After pleading no contest, she was sentenced 23-to-59 month at Chester County Prison.
Pawlowski, a Uwchlan resident, grew up in Havertown and completed the state police academy in 1978 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from West Chester State College in 1976. He graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1999.
Over the years, he took on various roles in the state police with a large portion of his career spent in Chester County. Outside the county, Pawlowski also handled significant cases. For example, he worked with the state attorney general to investigate former state Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen, who was charged in 1993 for prescription fraud.
“He followed an investigation wherever it took him,” said retired Embreeville Lt. Brian Naylor. “He didn’t care one way or another.”
In 2000, Pawlawski became captain for Troop J, which includes Lancaster and Chester counties. Since then he has worked his way up to the state police headquarters. In 2007, he became deputy commissioner of operations.
After Commissioner Jeffrey Miller announced this month he will be leaving the agency in August, Gov. Ed Rendell tapped Pawlowski to step into the role, which at this point is only on a temporary basis.
Pawlowksi has expressed interest in taking on the role permanently. Over the next few days the governor is expected to select a commissioner. The candidate will then need state senate confirmation.
“(Pawlowski) is certainly amongst those being considered to replace Miller,” said Chuck Ardo, spokesman for the governor.