Salisbury Township names new police chief
A police sergeant who has spent the last 24 years with the Salisbury Township Police Department was appointed chief Thursday night.
Kevin Soberick served as interim police chief after the former chief, Allen Stiles, retired in July. Soberick is the department’s fourth chief in its 61-year existence, according to a department Facebook post.
Soberick, who became the chief Friday, told The Morning Call in July that he thought the department was in a good place.
“The chief [Stiles] has laid the groundwork for us to continue to be a progressive and innovative police department,” he said at the time.
He could not be reached for comment Friday.
Township Manager Cathy Bonaskiewich said Soberick wants the department to be active in the community and do outreach rather than just respond to calls.
“He’s very even-keeled, very levelheaded, and I think he’s looking to change the direction of the department and make it a little bit more of a community footprint,” she said.
He also plans to have the department become an accredited police department, according to the Facebook post.
Soberick started with the police department as a patrol officer in 1995 and became a sergeant in 2002, overseeing the day-to-day operations of nearly 20 officers, according to the post.
Soberick has been recognized for successfully stopping a violent suspect who attempted to disarm a police officer, apprehending an armed bank robbery suspect and apprehending a suspect wanted for attempted homicide, according to the post.
His 2019 salary is $109,000. About 25 people applied for the post, Bonaskiewich said.
Kevin Soberick, shown in 2010, has spent the last 24 years with the Salisbury Township Police Department. He was appointed chief Thursday night.