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Palmer Township hires 2 new police officers to bring force to full complement

By Joe McDonald, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 04 2013 10:44:56 PM CST
PALMER TOWNSHIP, Pa. -

Palmer Township officials Monday night swore into office two new police officers and announced the appointment of a new fire commissioner to beef up its police and fire services.

With the addition of the two new officers, Christopher Watt and Martin Ramirez, the department will have 34 full-time officers and one part-time officer, said Police Chief Larry Palmer.

Watt, a graduate of Moravian College, spent 12 years with the Hagerstown, Md., Police Department.

Martin Ramirez has been a part-time officer at Lehigh University and also served at the Lehigh County Sheriffs Office, Palmer said.

Stephen C. Gallagher, the fire marshal in the Bethlehem Township Fire Department, was selected to replace Delmar Grube, the township's fire commissioner who will retire early in January, after spending nearly four decades with the fire department.

Gallagher, who will be paid $60,000 a year, was selected from a pool of 22 applicants by the Davison Group, a company the township hired to screen the candidates.

Gallagher served eight years with the U.S. Air Force and spent 10 years with the Bethlehem Township Fire Department. He will oversee a department of 27 firefighters in Palmer.