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Written by Larry Roeder, Editor
May 24, 2017

Editor's note: This article is part of the Town and Country's "Valley Past" collection.  Originally published on January 25, 2001, it offers a nostalgic look at the first three meetings of the officials charged with forming the regional police effort.  With the last meeting of the Upper Perkiomen Police Commission held on May 22, 2017, we'll take a look at how it started.

 

          Have you heard the one about the Republican and the Democrat?  It seems there was a Republican Mayor in East Greenville and a Democratic Mayor in Pennsburg who were trying to guide the direction of police service in the two towns.

          Stop me if you heard this!  The law says that one of the primary duties of the Mayor is to be in charge of the police department.  Unless, it is a regional department like the Upper Perk Police District.  In that case, the police department is administered by an appointed Police Commission. 

          Usually that group elects a Chairman to act as the leader of that body.  In Upper Perk, the Commission is currently made up of the Mayors and two members from each Borough Council. 

          Getting back to my tale, each of the borough mayors had held public office for less than 10 years.  When it came time to pick the Chairman, the Republican Mayor and his borough contingent from East Greenville yielded to the ...



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