Sal­is­bury Town­ship names new po­lice chief

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Michelle Mer­lin Morn­ing Call re­porter Michelle Mer­lin can be reached at 610-820-6533 or at mmer­[email protected]

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.

MON­ICA CABR­ERA/TMC

Kevin Sob­er­ick, shown in 2010, has spent the last 24 years with the Sal­is­bury Town­ship Po­lice De­part­ment. He was ap­pointed chief Thurs­day night.

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