Hirings to bring Brentwood police staff to 15
Hires and promotions for the Brentwood Borough Police Department during the last several months have helped to right-size the police force and create the appropriate chain of command for all shifts.
Brentwood Council members approved the conditional hiring of two officers Tuesday night. This will bring the 13-member force, which includes the police chief, to 15.
“That will give us the numbers we're looking for,” Mayor Ken Lockhart said.
Council members agreed in a unanimous vote to hire Carl Rech. In a separate vote, council members voted 6-1 to hire Farrell S. Wagner for a police officer position. Councilman Rich Schubert dissented.
Both men must pass physical and psychological examinations before starting the job. A patrol officer's full-time base wage in Brentwood in 2013 is $73,900. A newly hired officer, who has less than two years experience, will earn 60 percent of that, police Chief Robert Butelli said.
Brentwood officials hired the last patrol officer less than a year and a half ago, Butelli said.
But, over the years, new hires have left the job for other departments or a state police job — sometimes because it's closer to their home, the chief and mayor said. “We've had a number that we've hired and they left,” Lockhart said. “They come on board and say this is the place they want to be and then they turn around and leave.”
Having a full staff of officers is important, the mayor said.
“We needed them to cut down on (over time),” he said.
Council members in July approved the promotion of two officers — Adam Zeppuhar and Matthew DeLallo — to sergeant. This was the first promotion in the department since Sgt. John Vojtas was promoted in the late 1990s.
The promotion provides the department with a needed chain of command, where each shift now has an officer in charge, Lockhart said.
Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Baldwin-Whitehall school board president sets new rules
- Police chief settlement, legal fees to cost Brentwood more than $400K
- Talks continue for new Brentwood EMS contract
- Officials pressed for decision on Brentwood borough building
- Grant will help pay for school resource officer at Pleasant Hills schools
- Final Brentwood budget approved
- Pleasant Hills council OKs tax hike, fee changes