LIMERICK — The promotions of two officers in the Limerick Police Department were made official before a large crowd of officers and family members at the July 16 township supervisors’ meeting.
Brian Skelton officially received his bars as the township’s first-ever police lieutenant and Matt Daywalt got his chevrons as the township’s newest patrol sergeant.
“The promotional process is very competitive. Just like professional sports, all the teams that make the playoffs are very good,” said Limerick Police Chief Bill Albany. “We had many officers who passed the testing process but the nature is only one officer can be promoted for each opening. The township is fortunate to have a number of highly-qualified officers.”
The board of supervisors voted unanimously to approve the promotions.
Skelton was already named as the man selected for the promotion to lieutenant in the last supervisors’ meeting. Daywalt’s promotion was not publicly mentioned before the meeting.
A detective with the Limerick Police since 2010, Daywalt will take over Skelton’s patrol sergeant position.
Albany said Daywalt arrived in Limerick in 2007 with six years of experience with the Lower Moreland Police.
“During his time as a patrol officer, he performed admirably and was not afraid to offer suggestions on how we might do our jobs better,” Albany said.
Also, according to Albany, Daywalt “developed and implemented” the department’s current field training program, something he is currently working through with the department’s newest officers.
“I am pleased to announce his promotion to the rank of sergeant,” Albany said.
Skelton served 23 years in the Limerick Police and “a considerable amount of time” as the community liaison officer and youth aid coordinator, according to Albany.
He’s been a sergeant with Limerick since 2007.
Both officers passed “very aggressive oral and written examinations,” Albany said.
All along the back wall of the meeting room stood members of the Limerick Police Department, uniformed or in plain-clothes, as well as some officers from neighboring departments like the Lower Pottsgrove Police.
The loudest applause the township’s meeting room has experienced in years broke out after the approval of each officer’s promotion.
The lieutenant’s position came about through the 2013 budget process which is also yielded two new officers in the department, Stephen Winneberger and Stephen Crawford, who were sworn in two weeks ago.
“We demonstrated the need for increased administrative oversight, mandated training requirements and continuity of the department’s goals and objectives,” Albany said.
With Daywalt moving to a patrol position immediately, Albany said the department is looking internally for someone to succeed him as detective. Until then, Detective Ernie Morris will do his best to keep up with all the cases.
Albany thanked the board of supervisors for supporting his department.
The Limerick Police now have 23 full-time officers and two full-time civilian personnel in their ranks.