Obzud was sworn into the post by Board of Supervisors chairman Christopher D. Polites in a ceremony at the township building last week.
“It’s a great community and I don’t think you are going to find a better group of officers,” Obzud said during a recent interview.
“I learned a great deal from John Armstrong and John Haggerty, the two most recent police chiefs, and they seemed to have a good understanding of what the community wanted,” Obzud said.
Obzud is taking over the post from Haggerty, who retired in August after being with the Easttown Police Department for nearly 40 years.
Right after taking the oath of his new office, his new rank insignia was pinned on his uniform by his wife, Angela.
After the ceremony, Obzud posed for photos with his family including daughter Taylor, 15, and son Ryan, 11.
But although he is new as police chief, Obzud comes to the post with about 20 years of police experience.
Obzud began in Easttown as a patrol officer in 1997 and was promoted to sergeant in 2003. Last year he was promoted to lieutenant/detective.
Before becoming a police officer in Easttown, Obzud had been a police officer in East Pikeland Township for seven years. While in East Pikeland he started out as a patrol officer and then became a detective.
Although budget concerns have forced the township to eliminate the detective position, Obzud said he wants residents to know that cases are still being investigated.
“Residents don’t have to worry that their cases are not being followed up on,” he said. Many of the investigative duties Obzud had been doing as a detective are now being done by two veteran sergeants, Scott Albee and Mike Fesher.
Obzud grew up in Phoenixville and now lives in Collegeville. He is working on a degree in criminal justice from Boston University.
Easttown Township is predominantly residential with about 10,000 people.
The 13-person Easttown Police Department is responsible for covering the township’s 8.2 square miles.
After the ceremony at the township building, a reception was held for Obzud at the Hilltop House in Devon.
Category: The New Chief