The Cumberland Township Board of Supervisors may soon appoint Matthew Trostel as chief of the township police department.
Trostel, an 18-year veteran of the department, holds the rank of sergeant and has been acting chief since February, when former chief Don Boehs retired.
At a regular meeting on Tuesday, a consultant recommended that supervisors make arrangements to promote Trostel.
The township should “not come out” to fill the permanent position, said Ron Camacho, who operates a police consulting firm and is Chambersburg’s police chief.
Camacho, whose company supervisors hired in February, said he was asked to assess the department’s operations and culture and determine if Trostel might be a good fit for the chief job.
The consultant said he interviewed every officer and all expressed confidence in the acting chief, which is “rare”.
Camacho said he also spent five hours talking with Trostel to “try to get inside his head”, and also spoke with all of the board members, some township staff and a few retired officers.
Camacho said he reviewed the township’s training, practices, prior education and construction.
Some changes are needed, but “personally, I think you’re on the right track,” Camacho said.
His recommendations included meeting every two weeks to facilitate communication between the boss and supervisors, developing an evaluation process for the boss, developing a means for “unresolved” issues to be brought before the board to avoid relying on indirect information, maintaining 11 officers on the list, and possibly adding a full-time or part-time officer and administrative assistant for the department. The chef’s time would be better spent on tasks other than office work, Camacho said.
Camacho also said officers need a wider range of training and called for efforts to “train young leaders.”
The department needs to increase interaction between the public and officers, Camacho said. He called for a stronger presence on social media as a means of disseminating information and receiving input from the public.
Camacho said he had 27 years of experience in police work and had mentored about 15 chiefs or others in leadership positions. He said he focused on “building cohesive teams” and “detoxifying” work environments.
“I know that this council and many members of the public care deeply about our police service, and for this reason the council feels it is important to share certain information with the public that has been considered by the council. in policy decisions. department over the past year,” Toddes read in a statement at the reunion.
Supervisors have scheduled a special meeting for 5 p.m. on June 9 and could then vote on whether or not to hire Trostel, Toddes said Wednesday.
The township planning commission will use the township building that night, so tourism promotion agency Destination Gettysburg offered its facilities, Toddes said. Destination Gettysburg is at 1560 Fairfield Road, behind the Gettysburg Times building.
Supervisors also scheduled a nonpublic executive session for May 31 to discuss personnel matters, as permitted by the state’s open meeting law.
When supervisors hired Camacho, they set the company’s fees at a maximum of $5,700.