Six seeking police chief post in Penn Township, PA

The Brass Key | August 7, 2010 | Comments (0)

Two Penn Township police officers have applied for the position of chief, following the abrupt resignation of Paul Ronca for personal reasons.

Chief Ronca’s resignation was unanimously accepted by the board July 14 and took effect July 23. He submitted the resignation July 9, then he went on vacation.

The commissioners appointed Capt. Ralph Boura, a 25-year veteran, to command the department until a chief is named.

The board’s in-department search, which started two weeks ago, has resulted in applications from Capt. Boura and Sgt. John Otto, a 15-year veteran.

Tony Pecora, who retired in 2009 after 31 years of service with the township, has verbally indicated interest in the chief’s position, according to township manager Bruce Light. Mr. Pecora also sent out a news release announcing his interest in the position.

Mr. Light said Mr. Pecora, an officer with Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 39, has not submitted a written application and resume, as required for consideration by the commissioners.

“The board has said it will not consider verbal interest as an application for the position,” Mr. Light said.

The board’s in-department search will end at noon Friday, the deadline for applications and resumes to be submitted.

Three unnamed officers from outside departments also have applied to be chief.

“Two were candidates and received interviews during a 2008 search that concluded with Chief Ronca’s hiring,” Mr. Light said.

“Although the board indicated it does not intend to go outside the department at this time, I stamped the three applications as received. The board might like to take a look at them.”

Mr. Light said no timetable had been set to appoint a chief.

According to the township’s 2010 budget, Chief Ronca’s annual salary was $82,500 plus benefits.

“The commissioners as yet have not determined a salary for the next chief,” Mr. Light said. “I’m certain a number of factors would need to be considered.”

Chief Ronca retired as captain/commander of a precinct in Richmond, Va., in 2008 to take the Penn position.

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