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New Township Police Employee Fills Hybrid Role

SANATOGA PA – It would be a mistake – a big one, Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz suggested Thursday (Dec. 21, 2017) – to think of Elizabeth Cole as just another secretary.

Yes, Foltz acknowledged, Cole is entering his department with the title of “police administrative support person.” Her employment was approved Thursday night by the township Board of Commissioners, whose members personally bid her welcome. And sure, Foltz agreed, some of her duties will involve “office administrative work.”

But Cole has spent more than 23 years as a veteran of the Reading PA Police Department, from which she retired in 2012 as a sergeant. She also spent nine years as administrative assistant to that department’s police chief. So Foltz is leveraging her law enforcement experience and training, as well as her administrative talent, to benefit Lower Pottsgrove’s force in a new way.

Cole’s position is a “hybrid, a restructured role” the chief said. Beyond paperwork, she will also engage in what he called “non-enforcement related duties outside the office, such as fingerprinting (and) transporting evidence.” Those tasks and others to be assigned demand skill sets rarely found on secretarial resumes. “Reading’s loss is our gain,” he told commissioners.

Board members who interviewed Cole for the job, which has been vacant for several weeks, said they were impressed by her credentials.

Better known as “Beth,” Cole is a Kutztown resident and a graduate of the Allentown Police Academy and Reading Area Community College. She earlier worked at the Kutztown University Department of Public Safety, and was responsible for creating its rape awareness and prevention program. She also is a health and wellness coach who specializes in strength and cardio training.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Dec. 21 meeting):

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