Viola elevated to police chief in Colebrookdale

After serving as officer-in-charge of the township’s police department for the past nine months, Sergeant David Viola was recently promoted to chief of police.

The announcement was made by board chairman Todd Gamler at the Sept. 16 commissioners’ meeting.

Viola was signed to a 15-month contract at an annual salary of $79,464. His tenure as chief will begin Oct. 1.

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Viola, who began working with the Colebrookdale police department as a part-time officer in June 2001, was promoted to corporal in Nov. 2007 and sergeant in 2010. Viola assumed the position of officer-in-charge in Dec. 2012, following the retirement of long-time chief Christopher Schott.

Viola issued a statement in which he thanked the township commissioners and his fellow officers, and promised strong and progressive leadership. He also thanked his family for their ongoing support.

“I am humbly honored to be provided this opportunity and I can only hope that I can meet and exceed everyone’s expectations. I am looking forward to this new chapter,” Viola said.

After the meeting, Gamler said Viola’s move to chief was a good one. “He’s been doing an excellent job for us, and I think he will continue to do an excellent job.”

In other business, the board approved a Pension Committee Report that recommended 2014 Municipal Minimum Obligation payments to the township’s pension plans. The rate for the non-uniform employee pension plan will be $11,474, and the rate for the uniformed employee pension plan will be $34,615.

Commissioner Daniel G. F. Ritter did not attend the meeting.