Make it three more who are ready to protect and serve Lansdale Borough.
Last month, parks and recreation chairwoman Mary Fuller made a motion to grant a conditional offer to three police officers for Lansdale Borough. Council voted unanimously, with public safety chairman Mike Sobel recusing himself since he is a member of the Civil Service Commission.
The three officers hired are Matthew Eberle, Richard McCarrick and Daniel Gallagher.
Fuller said council budgeted for two officers, and one officer will replace another officer that was relieved of duty.
All three will be paid a salary of around $46,000.
Chief Robert McDyre said all three are certified under the Municipal Police Officers’ Education & Training Commission, and passed psychological and medical testing.
He said all three would be patrol officers and be subject to probationary field training.
On the Civil Service exam, Eberle received the highest overall average of 102.6. His written exam grade was 95, and his oral exam grade was 89.
McCarrick received an overall average of 94.7 on the exam. His written and oral grades were 99 and 88, respectively.
Gallagher was third, with an average score of 89.4. His written and oral grades were 96 and 79, respectively.
Councilman Dan Dunigan made a statement on the record regarding the hiring of the officers.
“You’ve heard me say in the past that I think, as we make votes up here, we should stick to our convictions with everything we vote for,” Dunigan said. “This is a perfect example of those who some of us choose not to. There were a few who sat up here voting against the budget that included hiring three union police officers. Have you noticed? Unanimous.”
He said that is one thing voters should be looking at when they keep taking council accountable for the job they do.
“Believe in what you do,” Dunigan said. “Believe you do the right thing. It’s easy to keep it straight going forward.”