SANATOGA PA – In what was meant to be a farmer’s apology to a mouse, Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns in 1786 penned the famous line interpreted as “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”
Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz knows what that feels like. No, not like the mouse or the Scot. Foltz knows about well-prepared plans going off-track.
His department has for several weeks been involved in compiling a Civil Service list from which future patrol officers could be hired. It solicited applications in February. Seventy-nine first-round candidates took written exams during March. Their test results were made available earlier this month (April 9, 2013), and from them the top 15 scorers were chosen as finalists. Their next step was to take a physical agility test.
All had gone pretty much according to well-laid plans, up until that pass-or-fail test. It was scheduled to be administered by now, but “due to unforeseen circumstances the … test has to be postponed and will be rescheduled as soon as practicable,” Foltz announced in a message posted on the township website. He did not elaborate on the cause of the delay.
Like Burns’ farmer, though, the chief was apologetic. Lower Pottsgrove’s department is considered by some experts as an elite force within Montgomery County; one that’s received several honors and commendations. Law enforcement job-seekers are anxious to know where they stand in chances of being selected to work there. In his message, Foltz did his best to offer assurance.
The “Lower Pottsgrove Township Civil Service Commission and … Police Department are continuing to work expediently in our process to develop the eligibility list for Patrol Officer,” he wrote. “On behalf of the Civil Service Commission, please accept our apologies for any inconvenience in our need to postpone the agility testing. Please be patient with our desire to be diligent in the selection process of our police officers.”
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