Salisbury Township has decided not to wait until the last minute or go it alone in its search this summer for a new police chief.
The township needs a new chief in light of the recently announced retirement of Chief Allen Stiles. At its Thursday night meeting, the township's board of commissioners agreed to retain the services of the Meyner Center at Lafayette College in Easton. The center will help plan and advertise for the position and eventually help recruit a new top cop.
The Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Center is a division of Lafayette formulated and endowed by former New Jersey Gov. Robert Meyner and his wife, a former U.S. congresswoman from the Garden State, Helen Meyner. It assists local governments in becoming more efficient, according to Dave Woglom its associate director.
Woglom is also a former borough manager of Quakertown, Hatboro and Fountain Hill.
"You need a leader," he said to the board.
He said the leader needs to be familiar with such things as efficiency and productivity. He offered to help the township by conducting an initial logistics meeting as soon as possible to determine needs and expectations.
Working for just over a dozen years at the Meyner Center, Woglom said he's been instrumental in placing 11 municipal police chiefs in the past dozen years. He also noted he's worked with over 130 municipalities. He said following the initial meeting with Salisbury officials, a new police chief may be on board in the township within three to four months.
The cost to the township will amount to around $11,000 in total, he said. This includes Woglom's fee of $6,000, $1,500 for expenses for a police chief interviewing panel, $3,000 for a final background investigation and $500 for placing recruitment advertising.