The North Pleasant View Road entrance to the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department
SANATOGA PA – It was a pretty good turn-out for a test, Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz figures.
Seventy-nine of 89 applicants who passed the initial round of qualifications to become a township police officer, or about 88 percent of the group, showed up Saturday (March 23, 2013) for their appointment for Round Two: taking a Civil Service examination for a future position, Foltz said in an e-mail.
The test consisted of several sections, Foltz noted, and to pass applicants must score a 70 or better on each section. Tests will be sent to an independent contractor to be scored, and their results should be available in about two weeks.
Then it’s time for Round Three. Only the top 15 scoring candidates will be selected as semi-finalists for a job, and in the next stage of the process they must complete and pass a physical agility test, and another exam in which they give oral, rather than written, answers.
And from among them, the township Civil Service Commission will create a list – usually of the top five candidates – representing the best of the lot. Foltz can interview all and choose one to fill a vacancy when it occurs. The commission consists of township residents appointed by the Board of Commissioners; its members are Jacob Dailey (chairman), Mike Misiak, and E.G. “Woody” Righter, and alternate John Genther.