Having always been dedicated to the field of Justice, Chief Gross received his undergraduate degree from Penn State and went on to earn his Masters Degree from Villanova University. He was a police officer in the city of York for 22 years and retired as acting chief of police with a rank of captain. He has been Chief of Police for the York Area Regional Police Department (previously known as the York Township Police Department) since 1996. Chief Gross recently celebrated his 38th wedding anniversary with his wife Marian. He has two daughters, and three grandchildren.
In his spare time Chief Gross is active in his church, plays golf and enjoys reading and photography. Chief Gross also teaches at Harrisburg Area Community College, and is a founding member of the PA Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency subcommittee on Law Enforcement and Homeland Security, the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, the Executive Committee of the International Chiefs of Police Association, the Police Administration Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police as well as serving as Treasurer of the Central Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. Chief Gross is also a member of the Board of United Way of York County, and was instrumental in getting DARE up and running in the Dallastown Community and the placement of School Resource Officers in the Red Lion and Dallastown Schools and York County School of Technology. In 2008, the department attained the approval of the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission as an accredited police department and was re-accredited in 2011. Chief Gross advises young people, “Always try to look for the best in people and the best in any situation.”