Lehigh DA Martin announces staff change
District Attorney Jim Martin has announced two changes in his office’s staff.
Chief County Detective Joseph P. Stauffer is retiring effective March 24. Det. Stauffer has been supervisor of the Drug Task Force and the Homicide Task Force. His position will be filled by County Detective Louis A. Tallarico.
Det. Stauffer, an Army veteran, was a member of the Allentown Police Department for over 20 years. During his tenure there, he worked in the Vice and Intelligence Unit, becoming its commanding officer as well as being promoted to lieutenant in 1997. He retired from Allentown in 2001 as Captain of Detectives. At the time of his retirement, he was Commander of all Investigative Units, including the Detective Bureau, Vice and Intelligence Unit, Youth Division, Sex Crimes Unit, and Records and Identification Division.
In September of 2001, Stauffer joined the District Attorney’s office as supervisor of the Drug Task Force. In 2005, he became supervisor of the Homicide Task Force as well. Additionally, Det. Stauffer served on the Municipal Emergency Response Team, (MERT) Oversight Committee. District Attorney Martin said of Stauffer, “Joe has had a very distinguished career with both the Allentown Police Department and the District Attorney’s office. He has done an outstanding job supervising both the Drug Task Force and the Homicide Task Force. I wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement.”
Det. Louis Tallarico also spent part of his career with the Allentown Police Department. He began there in 1990. During his time with APD, Det. Tallarico was a narcotics officer with the Vice and Intelligence Unit. In addition, he was a Task Force Officer with both the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Crime Task Force. Tallarico was the Supervisor of the Lehigh County Homicide Task Force from 2005 to 2007. By the time of his retirement from Allentown in 2007, he had risen to the rank of Detective Sergeant and was supervisor of the Criminal Investigation Division.
In July of 2007, Detective Tallarico joined the District Attorney’s office as a county detective assigned to the Homicide Task Force. He has served in that capacity, investigating suspicious deaths in Lehigh County. Martin said of Tallarico, “I have every confidence in Lou as he takes on this new role. I anticipate him performing his duties with the professionalism and expertise he has displayed throughout his career in law enforcement.”