Perkasie has hired its new police chief.
At a regular business meeting Jan. 20, Perkasie Borough Council voted 9-0 to hire Robert A. Schurr, 51, of Pottstown.
Schurr replaces longtime Chief Steven Hillias, 49, who died unexpectedly last June.
Schurr has worked in law enforcement for the North Coventry Township in Chester County since 1990, and has been its chief for 17 years.
But he said it’s time to “come home” to the Perkasie community.
Born in Sellersville, and a 1986 Pennridge High School graduate, Schurr has family in the Perkasie communities. His mom lives in Dublin.
“Perkasie and Sellersville have always been home to me,” Schurr said.
On March 16, he’ll officially bring years of leadership experience, strong education and training backgrounds and a love for the area to his new post.
“I know Perkasie has been a professional, well run police department, and I’m looking to fine tune that in any way I can,” Schurr explained.
He is married with two adult sons, and he holds a master’s degree in public safety management from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
Council President Jim Ryder said Schurr stood out during the interview process as someone who is well respected “across both sides of the table” by colleagues, peers and his neighbors.
Ryder said Schurr brings new ideas about running the shifts and teams in Perkasie, and he has a reputation for being an exceptionally efficient administrator.
Schurr said information about crimes, motor vehicle accidents and other relevant law enforcement information will continue to be posted to CrimeWatch.org, and the Perkasie Borough Police Department’s Facebook page.
“I believe in transparency between the police and the community. We solve a lot of crime with the public’s help,” Schurr said.
Perkasie formally began the search for its next top cop late last summer. About 47 applications were received for the position, officials said.
“While the borough is responsible for the financial decision making, the mayor is responsible for the oversight of the police department,” said Mayor John Hollenbach.
He said about twice a month he meets with Perkasie’s police chief to discuss day-to-day operations.
Three finalists were considered after several rounds of interviews.
Hollenbach said in addition to council members, a special committee, himself and the borough manager, an outside recruiting firm was hired to help with recruiting.
He was impressed by Schurr’s handling of potential scenarios during the final round of interviews as posed by the three police chiefs from other departments.
“He stood out for us and already has 17 years experience as a chief, and he’s still a pretty young guy,” Hollenbach said.