Newest deputy sheriff happy to return home

Chester County Sheriff Carolyn ‘Bunny’ Welsh (from left) administers the oath to her newest hire, Deputy Sheriff Matthew J. Mendenhall. He is joined by his mother, Nancy, as his wife, Sharon, and his 5-year-old daughter, Jaelyn, hold the Bible.
Chester County Sheriff Carolyn ‘Bunny’ Welsh (from left) administers the oath to her newest hire, Deputy Sheriff Matthew J. Mendenhall. He is joined by his mother, Nancy, as his wife, Sharon, and his 5-year-old daughter, Jaelyn, hold the Bible. Submitted photo

WEST CHESTER >> During brief remarks prior to the swearing-in of Chester County’s newest deputy sheriff, Capt. Jason Suydam explained that the high competition for the position enables the office to select employees that not only meet the job qualifications but also represent a good fit.

Matthew J. Mendenhall, who served previously as a captain for the Berks County Sheriff’s Department, concurred that the chemistry between himself and his new colleagues worked well, and he thanked the members of the office for their welcoming reception. “I hope to have a long career with all of you,” he said after the swearing-in ceremony, held in Courtroom One of the Chester County Justice Center on Tuesday, May 9.

For Mendenhall, who grew up in the Downingtown school district, the new job represents a homecoming. A father of four, Mendenhall and his wife, Sharon, who also grew up in Chester County, recently moved back to the area from Berks County.

Mendenhall joined the Berks County Sheriff’s Department in 2003 and held a variety of leadership posts there. He received his Act 120 certification from the Reading Police Academy in 2002, and he earned Act 2 certification from Penn State University in 2005.

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An avid musician, Mendenhall may find other ways to harmonize with an office known for its melodic tendencies. Mendenhall said he’s been playing guitar since the age of 5 and would welcome the opportunity to band together with any like-minded colleagues.

“ We are fortunate to be able to bring Deputy Mendenhall into the Chester County Sheriffs Office,” said Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh. “We will benefit from his background and experience, and we all look forward to working with him.”