Jason Loper can now drop the word "acting" from his title and be known as the police chief of Fairview Township.
Supervisors there on Monday officially made Loper, a 20-year veteran of the township's police service, the new chief after he served as acting chief for nearly two years.
"It feels very comfortable to make the chief the chief," said John Minito, a supervisor.
Mario Pirritano, vice chairman of the board of supervisors, said the appointment, which passed unanimously, was a "long time coming."
"I'm sure we made the right choice," Pirritano said.
First act: As chief, Loper will be paid $101,000 annually, according to the township.
"I'll continue to do this job to the best of my ability," Loper said after his appointment.
Loper's first role as chief was to honor a police officer in the department and a township resident who saved a man's life in June.
William Loper, no direct relation to the chief, was at a neighbor's home when his friend suffered a heart attack. William Loper called 911, and the dispatcher instructed him on how to perform CPR on the man, who is in his 60s, Jason Loper said.
Officer Mike Bennage responded to the scene, and he and William Loper continued to perform CPR on the man, who was turning blue and didn't have a pulse, until medics arrived.
"Just as the ambulance pulled up on scene, there was a faint pulse," Bennage said.
Recognition: For their efforts, Bennage was presented with a Chief's Commendation and William Loper was given a Meritorious Service Award.
The man who suffered the heat attack is recovering from the ordeal and is in a rehabilitation hospital, Jason Loper said.
"They (William Loper and Bennage) worked together. They brought his guy back," the chief said. "I've been here 20 years and never had that happen."
Former chief: Chief Loper was a lieutenant with the department for about six months when, in November 2012, he became acting chief after Scott Hockenberry was ousted as chief.
Supervisors voted to terminate Hockenberry following a prostitution sting operation that went beyond what was considered necessary to make an arrest.
Charging documents filed against the alleged prostitute state Hockenberry allowed the woman to remove all her clothing as well as his pants and let her start trying to put a condom on his penis.
The woman was arrested and charged with prostitution.
That charge was dropped, and she pleaded guilty to summary disorderly conduct, court records state.
The embattled Hockenberry unsuccessfully ran for supervisor last year.
Earlier this year supervisors agreed to pay Hockenberry a $135,000 settlement in a lawsuit he filed against supervisors and the township manager.
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