NEWTOWN SQUARE–At a meeting on Sept. 12, a promotion was made for Sgt. Chris Lunn effective immediately.
Lunn was unanimously approved by the supervisors for the promotion to lieutenant on Newtown's police force.
The supervisors had already approved the hiring of a second lieutenant on the police department.
"I guess it was during the summer that we approved–subject to budget constraints–the position of a second lieutenant as outlined by the chief," explained Supervisors Chairman Joseph Catania.
According to Police Chief Dennis Anderson, the process to hire another lieutenant soon ensued after receiving approval from the supervisors.
"I put it out to all the men who were eligible to take the test of lieutenant," shared Anderson.
Anderson said three sargeants applied for the position and interview process for the new lieutenant began last Wednesday. Anderson and another member of the Delaware County Chiefs Association conducted the interviews.
"At this time, it was the recommendation of myself and the other chief that Sgt. Lunn be promoted to lieutenant," said Anderson during Monday's meeting.
It was calculated that approximately $2,600-$3,000 would be paid towards the new position for the rest of the year. According to Catania, the hiring of another lieutenant will not impact the police budget.
An official swearing in ceremony will be held for Lunn's promotion at the next Board of Supervisors meeting.
In addition to Lunn's promotion, Catania provided a status update on the current police contract. At a supervisors meeting in August, the with just a few minor edits to the language of the contract that needed changing.
After going back and forth with each party's attorneys, Catania said the contract was approved and signed on Aug. 12.
"That contract will go back three and go forward three years," said Catania about the retroactive three-year police contract with the township.
The new contract, which includes the years from 2012-2014, calls for a base pay salary increase of a 2.5 percent increase for 2012, a 3 percent increase for 2013 and a 3.5 percent increase in 2014.
The new contract includes police officers paying higher co-pays to a $10/20 plan in comparison to their last plan of a $5/10 co-pay. The township could see a possible savings of $115,000 from this change alone.