Souderton Borough chief’s contract renewed for four years
Souderton Borough Chief of Police James Leary’s contract has been extended for another four years, with an option to add D fiIWK yHDU.
“It’s a remarkably welcoming community, remarkably supportive, and I’m happy to continue in my service,” Leary said after Souderton Borough Council’s Oct. 1 meeting at which the contract extension was approved.
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Leary’s salary this year is $85,000, Mike Coll, borough manager, said.
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During the meeting, Leary also reported on the department’s participation in the Sept. 29 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
“We collected 26 pounds of prescription drugs and medications just this Saturday,” Leary said.
A total of 93 pounds of drugs has been collected since the drop-off box, which is available at all times, was installed at the police station earlier this year, he said.
People with old, unused or expired prescription drugs are encouraged to bring the drugs to a drop-off for proper disposal.
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The Sept. 29 drop-off day in Souderton also included a food collection for the Keystone Opportunity Center food pantry.
The Oct. 1 meeting also included a report on and recognition of fundraising activities during the Community Night Out organized by the police department and held Aug. 21 in Souderton Community Park.
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The Community Night Out also included public safety personnel and equipment demonstrations, along with entertainment.
“In my estimation, it was an incredible success,” Leary said.
A waffle and ice cream sale at Souderton’s Aug. 21 Community Night Out raised $350 for the Chestnut Street Playground. Pictured are, standing from left, Pastor Gerry Clemmer, Souderton Mennonite Church; Dianna Fields, Souderton police administrative assistant; Souderton Borough council member Jeff Gross; Souderton Police Officer Joseph Rudner; Virginia Rudner; and Souderton Police Officer David Gale.
The car show organized by East Penn Modifiers Club and held during Souderton’s Aug. 21 Community Night Out raised $300 for Keystone Opportunity Center, $300 for Chestnut Street Playground and $300 for Indian Valley Boys & Girls Club. Pictured are, standing from left, Pastor Gerry Clemmer, Souderton Mennonite Church; East Penn Modifiers members Jim Hunsberger and Chris Mills; and Souderton Police Officer David Gale.
A $150 contribution was made to Souderton Community Pool from money raised by the pool staff’s dunk tank at the Aug. 21 Community Night Out. Pictured are, back from left, Triston Loux, Souderton Borough Council junior councilor and a lifeguard; Souderton Borough Council President Brian Goshow; council member Jeff Gross; Souderton Police Officer David Gale; and Mike Coll, borough manager; front from left, pool staff members Jacob Miorelli, Grace Miorelli, Abbie Miorelli, Luke Miorelli, Laura Aquilante and Rusty Bragg.