Police Chief

Chief Kott is an 18-year veteran of the City of Bethlehem Police Department. Prior to her appointment as Chief in 2020, she served as a patrol officer, crime scene detective, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant assigned to the crime scene unit, detective lieutenant of the criminal investigations division, and captain of the professional standards division.  In addition to these primary assignments, Chief Kott also served as a member of the department’s Crisis Negotiation Team, and would later become the group’s Team Leader.

Chief Kott is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.

Chief Kott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from DeSales University and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from St. Joseph’s University. In 2019 she received her Doctorate in Criminal Justice from California University of Pennsylvania and was the recipient of the Jay S. Albanese Award for Academic Excellence in Doctoral Criminal Justice Studies.

Chief Kott is an adjunct instructor with Northampton Community College and proudly resides in Christmas City, USA with her wife and two children.