Plum Council promotes police officers to lieutenant, sergeant
Two Plum police officers have new jobs in the department.
Borough council last week voted to elevate Lanny Conley from the rank of sergeant to lieutenant and Eric Zdobinski from patrolman to sergeant.
“We had an excellent pool of candidates (for the positions),” council vice president Michael Dell said.
The promotions were a result of the retirement of former Chief Frank Monaco in January and the promotion of then Lieutenant Jeffrey Armstrong to chief.
Councilman Leonard Szamarch, personnel committee chairman, said two patrolmen are expected to be hired later this year.
Conley, 48, has been with the department since August 1993.
He was promoted to sergeant in 2002. He started his career in law enforcement with the Pitcairn police department in 1992. His salary will increase from $81,570 to $85,346.
Armstrong said he is pleased to have an officer to assist him.
“It was determined in 2005 when I was promoted to lieutenant that the police department administration is a two-man job,” Armstrong said.
Armstrong said Conley will continue to manage the department's fleet of 17 vehicles.
Conley also is expected to continue his duties as program director of the East Hills DUI Task Force that conducts sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols.
Conley also will oversee the department's investigating division that consists of two detectives, Armstrong said.
The new lieutenant looks forward to his duties and aims to instill “more accountability for the department and other officers.”
Conley also is pleased to work more closely with Armstrong.
“We have worked together for 20 years,” Conley said. “Whatever he asks of me, I will be there for him.”
Zdobinski, 44, was an officer in Latrobe before joining the Plum police department in 2001. His salary increases from $75,528 to $81,570.
Zdobinski heads the department's wage and policy committee that negotiates police contracts with the borough.
The officer also is a certified collision reconstructionist and is involved in the department's traffic enforcement division including overseeing the traffic data recorders.
He also is co-coordinator of the East Hills DUI Task Force.
“I want to try to focus more on some of the service aspects of the department that we have not had time for, like traffic details and (resident) complaints,” Zdobinski said.
“He is level-headed, consistent and a trustworthy individual,” Armstrong said.
Armstrong said the promotions are positive for the department.
“It shows there is movement and opportunities,” Armstrong said.
The chief said he welcomes the new viewpoints Conley and Zdobinski will bring to their jobs.
“They will have new ideas and a fresh perspective,” Armstrong said. “It is good for the department.”
“We thank all the officers who successfully tested and applied for the positions,” Mayor Richard Hrivnak said.
Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8753 or email@example.com.
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