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Interviews to Begin for Public Safety Director Candidates

Local PBA supports the promotion of Capt. David Paprota to Chief of Police

The time to submit an application for Public Safety Director has closed and the township is currently examining applications, Township Administrator and Municipal Clerk Veronica Laureigh said.

Resumes for the position were accepted through Feb. 8. There were 20 applicants, Laureigh said. The township has yet to set a date to begin interviews of candidates before selecting a leader for the retired William Nally.

However, the township has not yet decided whether to go with a civilian public safety director, a police director or a police chief, promoted from within the department, Mayor David Most said.

“We just got the applications,” he said.

Reviewing applications for the position of Public Safety Director is part of the “vetting process” and the township will select the individual who is “most qualified” and the “best fit” for the job and Lacey, Most said.

Most has previously said that those who applied for the position are “highly qualified.”

The sooner the township can make a decision, the better, he said, as the township doesn’t want a large time-lapse without a solidified leader.

A Public Safety Director would head the police department as well as all the emergency services. Interviews with officials from municipalities with a director acknowledge the position has limitations that may pose difficulties, although the choice to go with a director largely depends on the needs of a municipality at the time.

Since Nally’s retirement, Capt. David Paprota has been named Officer in Charge.

“The PBA (Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 238) supports the promotion of Captain Paprota to Chief of Police,” President Keith Pearce said. “Captain Paprota is well qualified and is already a leader as the top ranking officer in the police department.”

JOHNNY Done it February 22, 2013 at 04:39 AM
When you are in control of writing specs out for a position & the TC already have someone in mind.They can custom tailor it to fit that person then he becomes the most qualified . Probably useless but a ball player..Look at the Contract for storm clean up ..No lobbying was done? Gilmore works for ASBRITT it was in the APP Is he stupid for being associated with them or our we dumb to keep voting his Sheep In .Wake up people......
GP1234 February 22, 2013 at 05:39 AM
uh huh...paprota will have an excellent case then...
JOHNNY Done it February 26, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Take alook at the police dept web site .In the the short time the Capt has been running things improvements.. Nally .... parker & Georges robot Should be refunding the town some of his pay...For what he didn't do Paprota for chief . we don't need a publc stooley director...we need criminal crackdown, not a political party hoedown...
GP1234 February 26, 2013 at 06:51 AM
very impressive website...professional and informative...i noticed may of the posts are from paprota himself
JOHNNY Done it February 26, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Yes it is impressive, I wonder why it wasn't done early...Now that's community policing ,, keep the community informed ,There best tips come from the public..Hope it keeps going

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