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EMMAUS, Pa. – Emmaus Borough Council voted unanimously to hire a new full-time police officer Monday to replace Sgt. Todd Garloff. Garloff retired last April from the borough's police force.

Joseph Rothrock, 22, of Catasauqua was hired pending physical and mental fitness examination results.

A 2018 graduate of Lackawanna College Police Academy, Rothrock currently works part-time for both Palmer Township and Fountain Hill Borough police departments.

The officer graduated from Catasauqua High School in 2015 where he also received an alumni scholarship. Additionally, he is the recipient of a Catasauqua Fire Department community service award.

In addition, he is a long-time member of the Whitehall Township Fire Department and is a certified emergency medical technician (EMT).

Rothrock will begin working for Emmaus immediately following successful exam results and, according to borough officials, will be officially installed at the council's Nov. 4 meeting.

In other business, Borough Manager Shane Pepe announced that a public hearing will be held at the Nov. 4 meeting. The hearing will focus on the potential rezoning of 300 Furnace St., a former industrial building being converted into a residential facility.

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