BUTLER TWP. — The township supervisors acted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the promotion of Sgt. Brian Sabatini to police chief, succeeding Chief David Pavelko whose retirement was also announced Tuesday.
Pavelko has served on Butler Township police force for 26 years. Overall Pavelko said he has been involved in law enforcement for 38 years.
“It was a difficult decision,” Pavelko said, “But it is one that I considered as being in my best interests at this time.”
The effective date of his retirement is listed as June 3, 2014.
The supervisors took time to commend Pavelko for his service. Brian Kisenwether, chairman, presented a plaque to the retiring chief, while Supervisor Charles Altmiller, himself a retired law enforcement officer, praised Pavelko as a “decorated officer who has a distinguished record, including having achieved a 100 percent conviction rate in cases involving major crime.”
In addition, Walter James of American Legion Post 795, Butler Township, presented a commemorative certificate to Pavelko.
Sabatini’s promotion is effectively immediately.
The supervisors also accepted the resignation of zoning officer Jim Weber.
In addition, they gave final approval to a change in the animal ordinance, stipulating a fine of $600 for failing to have an animal under control.