Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Why Bethlehem Tp: Comm'rs Passed On Female Police Officer
Resident Barry Roth criticized these new hires at the December 2 meeting, arguing that more diversity is needed in the police force. President Weiss agreed, noting that the Township has had no female police officers officer in over ten years. But he told Roth he tries to support the decisions of department heads.
"The Board should hire as they deem fit," countered Hudak, noting that the female applicant was the "highest scoring candidate." But Marty Zawarski noted that she still needed to be certified, and Chief Pancoast wanted boots on the ground now. Zawarski said he would have preferred to hire her and wait the four or five months for her to be certified.
In other business, Commissioners unanimously endorsed a letter supporting the purchase of the Leckonby and Central Moravian tracts next to Housenick Park. Rough plans call for community gardening, a preserve and trails at that site. It was originally a part of the Camel's Hump farm, owned by Bethlehem's first mayor, Archibald Johnston.