Mark Ubry has been named Acting Police Chief of the Lawrence Township Police Department effective Jan. 1.
Lawrence Municipal Manager Richard Krawczun said Ubry will remain in that position until a permanent replacement is appointed.
At most, three sworn officers in Lawrence Township will be eligible to take the civil service exam for Police Chief: Ubry, Lt. Thomas Ritter and Lt. Charles Edgar.
In December, Lawrence Town Council directed Krawczun to name an acting chief and then have the eligible officers apply for the chief's position via a civil service exam. They decided against hiring a civilian Public Safety Director, which would have required the police department to fill a currently vacant and unfunded Police Captain position. At a minimum, that would cost Lawrence Township an additional $104,000.