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Ellis seeks GOP nod for Altoona council

Former Altoona Area School Board president and longtime public servant Dave Ellis will seek the Republican nomination for one of four open seats on Altoona City Council.

Ellis, 65, who lives on Hudson Avenue, worked in the railroad shops before embarking on a 39-year career in law enforcement, beginning as a police officer in Altoona. He will retire in April as chief of criminal investigations from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.

“Throughout my career, I have established relationships and developed successful partnerships with local, state and federal agencies. … I will utilize those skills to relentlessly seek business, housing, technology and light industry to be part of Altoona’s future.”

Ellis serves on the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association Accreditation Commission. He previously served on the AASD, Altoona Housing Authority and the Blair County Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Ellis said his focus will be on building a solid tax base, investing in Altoona’s neighborhoods and getting the city’s employees the resources and training they need to be successful.

“I will not vote to reimagine the police. I will not vote to re-imagine public safety,” he said.

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