Soud­er­ton Bor­ough chief’s con­tract re­newed for four years

Souderton Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By Bob Keeler

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.

Leary, who was hired as Soud­er­ton’s chief in June 2010, re­tired as Rock­ledge Bor­ough’s FKLHI Ln 2009 DIWHU fivH yHDUV in that po­si­tion. He pre­vi­ously worked 23 years for the Abing­ton Town­ship Po­lice Depart­ment, where he was a lieu­tenant.

Leary’s salary this year is $85,000, Mike Coll, bor­ough man­ager, said.

“He’s not a mem­ber of the bar­gain­ing unit, but his salary Dnd EHnH­fiWV wRuOd EH WLHd WR it,” Coll said. Un­der the cur­rent FRnWUDFW, WKH RI­fiFHUV Dnd LHDUy will re­ceive a 2.5 per­cent pay in­crease next year.

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.

“Please don’t bury it. Please dRn’W fluVK LW,” LHDUy VDLd. “Please don’t let it get into the hands of those who shouldn’t have it.”

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.

“We had three dif­fer­ent fundrais­ers go­ing on at the same WLPH,” 2IfiFHU DDvLd GDOH VDLd.

6DOHV RI wDIflHV Dnd LFH FUHDP brought in $350 for the Ch­est­nut Street Play­ground. A dunk tank raised $150 for Soud­er­ton Community Pool. The car show, RUJDnLzHd Ey EDVW 3Hnn 0RdL­fiers Club, brought in $300 each for Key­stone Op­por­tu­nity Cen­ter, Ch­est­nut Street Play­ground Dnd ,ndLDn 9DOOHy BRyV & GLUOV Club.

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.

Soud­er­ton In­de­pen­dent staff pho­tos — BOB KEELER

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.

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