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Two police officers to be hired, two promoted in Brentwood

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 10:33 a.m.

Two Brentwood police officers were promoted on Tuesday night.

Council approved the promotion of Adam Zeppuhar of Baldwin Borough, in a 6-0 vote, and Matt DeLallo of Whitehall, in a 5-1 vote, to sergeant. Councilman Marty Vickless dissented.

Councilman Pasquale “Pat” Carnevale was absent.

Zeppuhar and DeLallo will join Sgt. John Vojtas as supervisors. Vojtas was the last officer to be promoted, in the late 1990s, said Chief Robert Butelli.

“It was long before I got here,” said Butelli, who has worked in the department since 2001. “We have been running with only one supervisor.”The new sergeants will supervise officers working second-shift and third-shift. They will receive about a 5-percent annual pay increase. Zeppuhar and DeLallo were selected due to several factors, including seniority and Civil Service test results.

Zeppuhar and DeLallo both are paid about $74,000 annually.

Council also approved a request from Butelli to hire two additional officers after the Civil Service Commission presents its list of eligible candidates. The vote passed 4-2 with councilmen Vickless and Rich Schubert dissented due to budget concerns.

“There is always opportunity to hire, that's not the question,” Schubert said. “The question is having the money for them.”

The department has 12 officers.

Brittany Goncar is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or bgoncar@tribweb.com.

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