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Following a 16-year stint working in the Newberry Township police department, Steve Lutz was recently promoted and sworn in as the township's police chief.

Supervisors unanimously agreed to promote the lieutenant to head the police department at their Tuesday, April 24, regular meeting. Lutz served as acting chief after former Chief John Snyder departed for West Manchester Township, where he began working as police chief March 5. 

Lutz will earn $98,000, said Don Keener, township manager. Supervisors will evaluate Lutz's performance and determine any personnel decisions. 

"He's always done a great job when I've worked with him," Keener said.

Lutz, a La Roche College graduate, spoke to a packed room at the supervisors meeting, when he was sworn in. He said he wants to focus his attention on everyone: his police officers, township supervisors and residents as well as his family. 

He explained the life of an officer is one of personal sacrifice for the safety and well-being of others. He thanked his wife, Lynn, his son, his two stepdaughters, his parents, and his brother and sister for their support as he completed his bachelor’s in criminal justice and master’s in homeland security while also working for the police department.

The 45-year-old also spoke directly to his staff.

"What I expect from you is integrity, courage, commitment, passion, restraint and respect for your department, yourself, each other and your community," he said.

"I expect you to be leaders," Lutz said. "You are responsible for the morale and reputation of this department, as I am. You must be custodians of honor.

"Too often, we police are defined by our worst examples, not our best. Every act of misconduct undermines respect for everyone who wears the badge and follows the rule of law."

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