County hires retired police agent

Lycoming County commissioners dealt with a number of crime and punishment issues at their meeting Thursday.

Commissioners approved payment of $31,575 to L.R. Kimball, an Ebensburg-based engineering and consulting firm, for work the company did on prison housing relief options. The Lycoming County Prison Board will hear the consultant’s findings at their 8 a.m. Feb. 8 meeting at the Pre-Release Center in Loyalsock Township.

A $20,000 Justice Assistance Grant application to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency also was approved by commissioners. The grant will be used to survey available community services for offender re-entry into the community.

Commissioners approved a $121,850 PCCD grant that pays for an adult victim-witness coordinator in the district attorney’s office for two years. The amount of the grant was reduced by 8 percent from last year, according to Mya Toon, county grants manager.

A retired Williamsport Bureau of Police agent was hired as a new full-time county detective. Commissioners approved the hiring of Steven J. Sorage, who retired Jan. 2 from the police department, at an hourly rate of $17.50.

The new position adds a fourth detective working in District Attorney Eric Linhardt’s office.

“Steve is among this county’s most experienced and successful homicide investigators,” Linhardt said in a statement. “He has been an integral part of the successful prosecution of thousands of cases throughout his career.”

Sorage was named the 2012 Police Officer of the Year by Post W Williamsport Travelers Protective Association.