Lower Pottsgrove Police Get Consulting Assistance

SANATOGA PA – S. Michael Murphy, a retired Upper Moreland PA police chief who has worked in and with southeastern Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies for more than 40 years, was retained Thursday (Feb. 18, 2021) by the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners to offer “additional assistance” for a three-month period to township police department Acting Chief Lt. William James.

Police-related consulting provided by Murphy under his professional services agreement will cost the township $90 hourly. No limit was mentioned on the number of hours to be provided.

When asked, township Manager Ed Wagner acknowledged a commissioners’ decision on selecting a permanent chief for Lower Pottsgrove to succeed Michael Foltz, who retired in 2020, may not be considered until spring.

Commissioners are still examining department-wide recommendations issued during December (2020) in a study conducted for the board by SafeCity Solutions LLC of Perkasie PA. The board hired the company in June 2020 to conduct a “police operations, management, staffing review, and evaluation” at a cost not to exceed $12,000.

Board members, and particularly President Bruce Foltz, on several occasions in recent months have publicly complimented James for his work as acting chief.

Badge photo supplied by Lower Pottsgrove Police and edited by The Post