After a 25-year career with the Pennsylvania State Police, Brian Shuba, 48, added a new chapter to his employment history. He recently began his role as school police officer for Jefferson-Morgan School District.
Greene County Judge Farley Toothman swore in Shuba on Oct. 1, and his first day was Oct. 7.
“Officer Shuba brings a wealth of experience and talent to our school district, and we are extremely happy to have him join our family,” said Joseph Orr, superintendent. “The position of school officer is new to our district, and we feel it’s an important one for the safety and well-being of our students and staff. He’s a family man, and we feel he brings with him a unique perspective to the position.”
Shuba was born and raised in German Township (Fayette County), where he still resides with his wife, Amy, and three sons, Brock, 12, Baret, 11, and Birk, 7.
Shuba got into law enforcement at an early age. After graduating from Albert Gallatin High School, he worked in construction for several years, including a stint with the Columbia Gas Transmission Division in Masontown and Waynesburg.
However, on his 20th birthday, he applied for a Pennsylvania State Police Officer position and was accepted into the academy a couple months after his next birthday.
After completing six months of training, he was promoted from the rank of cadet to trooper and worked out of Troop A in the Somerset and Greensburg stations for three years. In 1995, he transferred to the Troop B station in Waynesburg.
“I served the majority of my career out of the Greene County barracks in Waynesburg, which I consider my home station,” Shuba said.
After 25 years service with the state police, he retired from the force in 2016.
While he enjoys spending time with his family, he also felt the need to give something back to the community. He sees the role of school police officer as a way to contribute to the community by taking steps to keep children safe.
“It’s fortunate that our school district takes school safety seriously. There are good policies in place, and I feel I can enhance them,” he said. “For the most part, we have a safe operation and everyone, from the school board and superintendent to the principals and staff, take safety seriously. The district definitely has something special going on and has a great atmosphere. I’m glad to be a part of it.”