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Hearn sworn in as Newtown Township chief


With much fanfare Newtown Township’s new police chief, John L. Hearn, was sworn in at a supervisors’ meeting.

Dozens of Philadelphia Police – where Hearn served as captain of the 14th District – along with just about the entire Newtown force, attended the event.

In January, the supervisors voted unanimously to ratify an employment contract with Hearn.

“There is no greater role than we, as the board of supervisors, have than the safety of our community,” said Board Chairman Phil Calabro.

“The police chief is such an important partner in governing our township, so we took the necessary time to ensure that the right person was selected.”

After being sworn in at the Feb. 27 board meeting, Hearn’s first day on the job was March 1.

Before becoming a police captain, the new chief worked for more than a dozen years as a lieutenant in the PPD’s highway patrol. In that role, he helped escort countless dignitaries such as Pope Francis, former President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, former U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton and many other high-ranking officials.

In addition to his experience as commanding officer of the 14th District, which encompasses Chestnut Hill, Mount Airy and portions of Germantown and West Oak Lane, Hearn was a member of the South East Pennsylvania Regional Task Force.