Bucks County has sworn in a new Chief of Detectives to lead the Bucks County Detectives. Common Pleas Court Judge Diane Gibbons led the ceremony in the County Justice Center Friday to appoint Martin McDonough to the position.

Martin McDonough is sworn in as Bucks Chief of Detectives. Photo via Bucks County.

As Chief of Detectives, McDonough will organize Count Detectives to help municipal police investigate high level crimes and bring results to the District Attorney’s Office. The unit is 23 members strong and focuses on homicides, sex crimes, white collar crime, and other complex cases.

District Attorney Matt Weintraub promoted McDonough after Christopher McAteer retired earlier this month. McAteer had served in law enforcement for 45 years.

“I know that I have selected somebody that I can count on,” Weintraub said. “I also know that I’ve selected someone to be the Chief of County Detectives that you all can count on. He’s going to be a wonderful partner in continuing to keep the citizens of Bucks County safe for the future, and to leave a lasting legacy beyond that.”

McDonough, 55, has a long history of serving as an emergency responder. He began as a dispatcher in 1982, then five years later became a patrol officer for Warrington Township.

Thirteen years later, McDonough joined the county detectives. In 2015, he graduated from the FBI National Academy. McDonough has also served as a firefighter for Northampton and Warwick Townships for 30 years.

“I’m grateful to District Attorney Weintraub for the opportunity he has given me and am excited to start this new chapter of my career,” McDonough said. “I have worked with the smartest and brightest group of detectives, and now I’m proud and honored to be called Chief of their unit.”

McDonough thanked McAteer for organizing the team for success during his tenure.