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Police Force Makes Officer Offer

Chief Shade.

Chief Shade.

SANATOGA PA – Assuming he passes a few remaining tests, Richard Smith will soon become the newest member of the Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Police Department.

The township Board of Commissioners on Monday night (Feb. 2, 2009), at the request of Chief Michael Shade, invited Smith to join the force as an entry-level officer by authorizing a conditional offer of employment. He succeeds former Officer Kathy Foltz, who retired last month.

Commissioners emphasized that, because he will fill an existing position, Smith is a replacement – and not a new – employee. The distinction is important, to board members at least, in light of  a hiring freeze they imposed last year with adoption of the 2009 township budget.

“This keeps the force at the same number of police officers we had before,” Commissioner Stephen Klotz said.

Smith’s employment is conditioned on passage of a doctor’s physical and certain other tests, Shade said.

Smith was one of several candidates eligible for the position by virtue of the township’s Civil Service list. Those on the list are pre-qualified for hiring consideration because they have already been certified as meeting specific requirements.

Also Monday commissioners approved changes, similarly requested by Shade, to revise Civil Service rules that govern inter-department promotions. The changes extend the number of years officers must be on the force to be promoted to corporal or sergeant, and aligned the rules with the department’s policy manual, Shade said.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Feb. 2 meeting):

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