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Kennett Township Police promotes three officers

10/25/2016 12:09PM ● By Richard Gaw
By Richard L. Gaw
Staff Writer

Kennett Township Police Chief Lydell Nolt gave ranking promotions to three officers, at the township's board of supervisors meeting on Oct. 19.
Officer Amanda Wenrich will be promoted to detective and lead criminal investigator. Nolt said that Wenrich has spent many hours in specialized training during the past year in preparation for her new position, and has successfully led criminal investigations that included crimes against senior citizens, sexual assaults and burglary crimes, during the last year.
Officer Jeffrey Call was promoted to corporal, and will be assigned as a patrol supervisor, evidence supervisors and traffic enforcement supervisor.
"Officer Call brings a wealth of knowledge as both a police officer and police supervisor," Nolt said. "(He) has a strong community policing mindset, which is the key mission of the Kennett Township Police Department."
Officer Matthew Gordon was promoted to sergeant, and will be assigned as second-in-command of the department, and will oversee all criminal investigations and control operations for the department.
"The assignment of rank within a police agency brings a structured foundation to its operations,"  Nolt said. "These promotions and special assignments will increase the level of service we provide to the community."
Stevens thanked Nolt for "leading us so effectively, for taking over and quickly landing on your feet, in order to pick up a beginning police department and turning it into a police department of significance and effectiveness," he said. "It's a job well done, and it's a job that is at its beginning."
In other business, the supervisors gave approval to authorize township manager Lisa Moore and township solicitor David Sander to make an offer on the potential purchase of an 80-acre property, in the amount of $1.9 million, for an open space acquisition. If the owner accepts the offer, Moore said that the township will make a public presentation before the transaction is finalized. She said that the township could receive between $500,000 and $750,000 in grants, which will be used to defray purchase costs.
Moore said that La Communidad Hispana will open a new dental clinic in the Longwood Corporate Center South on McFarlan Road, that will target those in the community who do not have dental coverage insurance.
As per the recommendation of the township's planning commission, the board approved re-zoning amendments to Ordinance No. 261, which re-zones 14 tax parcels in the township from R-1 residential to R-2 residential, and allows for sub-division of these parcels. These properties are located on Old Kennett Road and Creek Road, and had been non-conforming to township zoning laws.
To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, e-mail [email protected]