First came the chief, and now has hired two lieutenants and an office manager for its new police department.
They will start Aug. 20.
“Together, we will create and build an outstanding police department for the towship,” said the new Police Chief .
Colon was hired in April, also to start Aug. 20. Upper Macungie doesn't have it's own force yet, but has voted to . The township plans to have a new police department in place on or before Jan. 1, 2013.
Joseph Wilson, 47, will be the Criminal and Administrative lieutenant. Wilson is currently a lieutenant and SWAT commander in the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operation for the State Police in Hersey.
He plans to retire after 24 years with the state police in the next couple of months before starting in Upper Macungie. He and his wife live in Lehigh Township, Northampton Couty.
Michael Sitoski, 34, will be the Patrol Lieutenant. Sitoski is currently an officer with serving as the interim assistant chief. He plans to work for Berks-Lehigh right up until he starts with Upper Macungie.
Sitoski lives with his family in New Ringghold, Schuylkill County.
The salaries for the lieutenant positions will be $72,000 a year. Supervisor Kathy Rader said that if the lieutenants are needed before their official start date, they will be paid $23 an hour on a per diem basis.
The office manager will be Keri Diehl, 36, of Kutztown. Diehl is currently the office manager for the Berks-Lehigh Regional Police. Diehl will receive a salary of $45,000.
Supervisor Chair Edward Earley signed the contracts Thursday night, and welcomed the three to the yet to be formed police force in front of a standing-room-only crowd.