State lawmaker resigns to return to law enforcement

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 3, 2015 1:56 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower

File Photo: Republican state Representative Joe Hackett

(Harrisburg) --  An eastern Pennsylvania state representative is quitting the Legislature and says he wants to resume his long career in law enforcement. 

Republican Representative Joe Hackett says he will be leaving his Delaware County seat at the end of April. 

Hackett says his decision was prompted by "recent episodes and situations that have placed a strain on the relationship between police and citizens.''

He says he's considering his options. 

His 26-year police career has included time as a Ridley Township corporal and a detective in the county district attorney's office. 

Hackett has eight close relatives, including his wife, who have worked in law enforcement. 

His departure won't affect the power balance in the House, where Republicans currently hold a commanding majority. 

Hackett was elected in 2010.  

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