Exeter police sergeants promoted to new roles in department

EXETER TWP., Pa. - A pair of Exeter Township police sergeants are taking on new roles within their department.

Sgt. Matthew Harley was sworn in Monday night as the ETPD's first-ever deputy police chief; Sgt. Steve Schaeffer took the oath to become lieutenant, filling a role that has been vacant since 2006.

Harley, a patrol sergeant in charge of traffic, joined the Exeter police force in 2002. He is expected to assume the role of leading the department upon the retirement of current Chief Christopher Neidert.

Schaeffer, also a patrol sergeant, has been with the department since 1997. He is also the officer in charge and instructor for all use-of-force training and certifications of officers.

The appointments, which will take effect July 2, are part of the township's efforts over the past 18 months to strengthen its 30-member police department, officials said..

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