Coun­cil hires new po­lice chief

Bor­ough also fills 2 va­cant pa­trol of­fi­cer po­si­tions

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Eric Devlin ede­vlin@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Eric_Devlin on Twit­ter

PHOENIXVILLE >> Af­ter a nearly six­month search for the next leader of the Phoenixville Po­lice De­part­ment, of­fi­cials set­tled on a man who’s been there all along.

Bor­ough coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved Lt. Thomas Sjostrom as the new chief of po­lice Tues­day night. Sjostrom served as act­ing chief fol­low­ing for­mer Chief Wil­liam Moss­man’s re­tire­ment in Septem­ber. Sjostrom’s of­fi­cial swear­ing-in cer­e­mony will take place at the March 14 coun­cil meet­ing.

Bor­ough Man­ager Jean Krack in­formed Dig­i­tal First Me­dia the bor­ough could not yet pro­vide a copy of Sjostrom’s pub­lic con­tract by press time Thurs­day, as he was wait­ing for Mayor Michael Speck’s sig­na­ture. Speck was ex­pected to

sign the doc­u­ment Fri­day morn­ing. How­ever, Krack did say Sjostrom’s salary per the con­tract is bi­weekly $4,557.69, which trans­lates to ap­prox­i­mately $118,500 a year.

Coun­cil also hired Pa­trol­men Paul An­saldo and Peter Kar­povich to fill va­can­cies within the de­part­ment. Full pa­trol salary is ap­prox­i­mately $83,000 a year. The start­ing salary is 80 per­cent of that. Af­ter a year it in­creases to 90 per­cent of that. Then af­ter two years, they earn the full salary.

Sev­eral mem­bers of coun­cil said the search for Moss­man’s re­place­ment was a tough one and con­grat­u­lated Sjostrom.

“I think Phoenixville was very blessed to have a num­ber of great can­di­dates go through the process,” said Coun­cil­man John Ichter

II. “It was a try­ing and time con­sum­ing process for both the can­di­dates and coun­cil. I think ev­ery­body that was in­volved did it with high re­gard for the sit­u­a­tion that the bor­ough was in and I think we found the right guy. Congratulations, Lieu­tenant. I’m look­ing for­ward to great years ahead.”

“The ap­pli­cants and staff put a lot of time in and in­vested a lot of time to get to the right de­ci­sion,” said coun­cil Pres­i­dent James Ko­valeski, “be­cause this is prob­a­bly one of the most im­por­tant roles in the bor­ough on the staff side at least. I com­mend the lieu­tenant and the other ap­pli­cants be­cause they were all very ca­pa­ble.”

“I’m also glad we chose to pro­mote some­one from within,” said Coun­cil­man Michael Kuz­nar. “This is a very unique bor­ough. Some­one who takes on this role should have ex­pe­ri­ence with the Phoenixville bor­ough.”

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