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Chief Prepares For Patrol Officer Hiring

SANATOGA PA – Do the getting while the getting’s good. That sums up the current philosophy of Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz in his approach to hiring a new patrol officer … even if the job vacancy isn’t scheduled to open for another six months.

Foltz on Monday (Jan. 4, 2016) received approval from the Board of Commissioners to have the township Civil Service Commission convene and certify a candidates’ eligibility list, from which the chief could employ any one of four pre-selected individuals.

The quartet has already met the department’s eligibility requirements: preliminary and follow-up tests of law enforcement knowledge, psychological and physical fitness checks, and satisfactory background investigations. Now they’re scheduled for routine polygraph examinations later this week, Foltz said.

He’s pleased with the caliber of people who have applied in hopes of landing a job on the Lower Pottsgrove force, the chief added, and he acknowledged money to pay a new officer isn’t budgeted until June. He told commissioners he hoped for civil service certification quickly, however, because competition for the best and brightest is fierce “and I’d like to get a jump” on attracting them here.

Commissioners agreed, and unanimously requested the Civil Service meeting. The group consists, according to the township website, of Chairman Jacob Dailey, members Mike Misiak and Kathy-Jo Winterbottom, and alternates Chuck Bleakley and Ray Lopez. They gather only on an as-needed basis, and Foltz anticipates they can assemble later this month.


Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Jan. 4 meeting):

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