Mara Smith Takes Oath as Township’s Newest Officer
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – With a smile and handshake from her chief, and the applause of her colleagues, Mara Smith became the newest member Thursday (Jan. 20, 2022) of the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department, and its first female officer in many years.
Smith most recently served in the Chester Township, Delaware County, police department, and is a Fall 2019 graduate of the Montgomery County Municipal Police Academy. She was the top pick among the list of candidates who were certified last July as available for the position by the township Civil Service Commission.
She was offered conditional employment by the township during mid-December.
Smith took her oath of office in the Pottstown courtroom of Magisterial District Justice Edward Kropp Sr., accompanied by nine other Lower Pottsgrove officers and staff members. It was a quiet event, one in which township Police Chief Rick Bell held the Bible on which she laid her right hand as she pledged to uphold the Constitution and protect the public with equality.
Bell and township Manager Ed Wagner had hoped to conduct the ceremony during the Board of Commissioners’ meeting Thursday night. Its session had been scheduled to be held in person at The Sunnybrook Ballroom, but was moved online due to coronavirus concerns. Commissioners will still get to meet Smith in person, and witness administration of another oath too, during their Feb. 7 meeting.
It was important to Bell, however, and apparently to commissioners as well, to ensure the newest officer’s customary training and introduction to Lower Pottsgrove procedures and policies got under way quickly. The township has operated for more than a year with less than its full complement, due to officer resignations and departures for other positions.
With Smith officially on board, the chief said, “we can keep her on track with our training schedule.”
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