Manor Township to Hire More Police With 2019 Budget

Manor Township Supervisor Chairman Don Palmer said the hiring of more full-time police opens the door for a police union, but doesn’t feel that will happen. “If you treat your employees right and pay them properly, they won’t need a union.”

Manor Township supervisors adopted their 2019 budget at a public meeting last night.

The budget expects revenue to be $2,826,505.99 while expenditures have been set at $1,573,164.00. The budget was adopted with no increase in taxes, with the exception of the Local Service Tax which was raised from $35 to $52 annually.

The new budget allows for three full-time police officers and 15 part-time officers, plus a police chief. Supervisor Chairman Don Palmer made a motion that the Township advertise and hire a police chief, one full-time officer and five part-time officers before the end of the year, so they can begin in 2019. The last date to apply for the positions will be December 17, and interviews will be conducted over the Christmas holiday. Currently, the Township employs one full-time officer and ten part-time officers.

The Police Chief position as well as Secretary Jill Davis will have an increase in salary to $45,000 each plus benefits.  Part-time police officers will make $18.93 an hour.  Full-time police officers will make $20.00 per hour.  The road crew will receive a fifty-cent increase from 19.87 to $20.37 per hour.

The next public meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 7, 2019 at 6PM at the Municipal Building.