On the recommendation of Mayor Michael Sofranko and Police Chief Joseph Schatz, the Jim Thorpe Borough Council passed a motion during its normal monthly meeting on Thursday evening that will see Jim Thorpe Police Officer Lee Joseph Marzen promoted to detective.
Schatz was the last borough detective, but was promoted to chief of police late last year. The position has been filled, on a temporary basis, by another officer since then, who did not want to take on the position permanently.
The open position was posted in the police department for two weeks, per legal requirements. A letter was received, along with the proper credentials, from Officer Marzen. He was the only officer in the department to apply.
"We met with him last evening and went over what his job assignment would be," Sofranko said. "Obviously having a chief of police who has done this job in the past was a big help."
Due to the nature of his job, the new detective will sometimes appear in a police uniform and sometimes in a suit and tie. The detective is tasked with criminal and non-criminal investigations within the borough of Jim Thorpe, enforcing the Pennsylvania crime code, the Pennsylvania vehicle code, and all of the other duties of a regular police officer.
John McGuire, chair of the police committee, made the motion, which was seconded by Joanne Klitsch. The motion passed.