Director, Bureau of Enforcement and Investigation
John Soprano was appointed Director of the Bureau of Enforcement and Investigation (BEI), February 3, 2014. In this capacity, Mr. Soprano is responsible for administrative and managerial work in all aspects of planning and directing administrative services of BEI, including the bureau’s four regional offices. The Director is also responsible for ensuring compliance with the laws, rules and regulations of the various professions and entities under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, as well as ensuring the health and safety of regulated persons and the public.
Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Soprano served as a regional director for the Office of Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics in Wilkes-Barre. He was responsible for all major drug investigations in a nine county area of Northeastern Pa. During his tenure with OAG, he assisted in developing a case management tracking system and updated the agencies policies and procedures in compliance with accreditation standards. Mr. Soprano was appointed as the statewide accreditation manager for the OAG earning the agency official recognition and certification from the PA Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.
Mr. Soprano also served for five years as a Narcotics Agent for the Office of Attorney General and held positions as Chief of Police, Sergeant, Detective and Police Officer for the Edwardsville Police Department in Luzerne County, and has over 30 years experience in law enforcement. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Penn State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Police Academy in Quantico Virginia.
Mr. Soprano is a past president of the Northeast Chiefs of Police and Luzerne County Chiefs of Police associations and served 4 years as the secretary of the MAGLOCLEN policy board. He is also served 7 years as the president of the Luzerne County Drug Task Force Board of Chiefs.
Mr. Soprano Lives in Edwardsville Borough, Luzerne County with his wife Cathy.