Coopersburg Police Chief Daniel C. Trexler announced his candidacy for Magisterial District Judge in District Court 31-3-03, which serves Upper Saucon Township, Lower Milford Township and Coopersburg.
District Judge David B. Harding is set to retire this year. When Trexler heard, he decided he wanted to run for the office.
"I was at a turning point in my career," said Trexler. "I could have [stayed chief] until I retire, but I do care about the town and I can give more."
Fellow officers attest to his dedication to the area.
"You see him at every event," said Patrolman Anthony Struss. "If there's ever anything big, he's in here with the rest of us."
Trexler feels that his time on the police force has prepared him for the position of district judge. "I've spent time in the criminal justice system, working with prosecution, summaries, testifying. I've been [serving Coopersburg] for almost 18 years and I want to continue to make this a safe place to be," said Trexler.
According to the press release, Trexler is a "Lehigh Valley lifer," graduating from Emmaus High School in 1986. He joined the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1990. He trained at the Allentown Police Academy, graduating in 1993, and worked part time for the Emmaus police force until joining Coopersburg police in 1995, and has been police chief since 2000.
Trexler also serves on the board for the Petzold Foundation and is involved in its Dice Run and Golf Tournament. He also volunteers as Special Olympics security.
In his spare time, Trexler enjoys hunting, riding his motorcycle and woodworking. Examples of the latter hobby are on display at the Coopersburg Police Station in the form of a desk and two cabinets.