Montgomery appoints its new police chief

MONTGOMERY – The borough council appointed Earnest Delp III as its new police chief at Tuesday’s meeting.

Delp was asked to be officer-in-charge about three months ago and, at last month’s meeting, he was appointed acting chief and formally presented his official police chief badge.. His hourly pay rate is $19.40 an hour – an increase of $2 per hour from his position as patrolman.

“Of course everyone wants to move up in their career but I was quite surprised when I was asked to be officer in charge and then promoted officially to chief,” Delp said. “I am looking forward to serving my community to the best of my ability and I’m excited and ready for the challenge.”

He began his career with the Montgomery Police Department as a part-time patrolman in 2012. Originally, he worked 10 to 15 hours weekly and now he works approximately 30.

Delp works full-time as a deputy at the Sheriff’s Office in Union County, Lewisburg, and was hired there the day before he graduated from the police academy in 2005.

He also has worked part-time for the Watsontown Police Department since 2006.

“I really appreciate all the support I get,” Delp said, “(and) also want to thank my wife for all the moral support she has given me through this transition. She believed in me when I didn’t think I had enough experience to do the job.”

He said he believes that training and education are very important in police work.

In other business, the Mayor Andrew Onufrak II expressed his appreciation for the presence of police in the parks.

“Residents are complimenting the police on their efforts and want them to know their presence is making a difference,” he said.

The Police Department reported a total of 60 incidents for the month of April.

Council adopted the resolution to keep the Little League Park, Heritage Park, and Montgomery Park tobacco free. Anyone violating the resolution will be asked to dispose of the tobacco product and leave the premises.

Discussion about making an ordinance to prohibit the use of tobacco products will be done at a later date. Passing an ordinance will enable the police to fine violators.

Council denied a top bid for the dump truck the borough had for sale because the bidder never paid.

It also was noted that the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Co. will hold its annual carnival June 16 to 21.

Montgomery appoints its new police chief

A candlelight vigil and fundraiser is planned for 7 p.m. Friday at Montgomery Park for the recent victims of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Jackie Stackhouse, her son Austin, and cousins Nate Reece, Nariah and Cadee Hawkings were found dead in a cabin on May 3.

Michele Hite, benefit coordinator, said plans were made to release Chinese lanterns and raise funds through a bake sale, Chinese auction and vendors.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the victims’ families to help with burial costs.