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Middletown hires two police officers; both previously worked part-time for the borough

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 2/14/18

Middletown has two new full-time police officers, but their faces might already be familiar to borough residents.

Borough council on Feb. 6 approved hiring Blake Bilbrey and Keegan Wenner to fill …

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Middletown hires two police officers; both previously worked part-time for the borough

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Middletown has two new full-time police officers, but their faces might already be familiar to borough residents.

Borough council on Feb. 6 approved hiring Blake Bilbrey and Keegan Wenner to fill the two full-time positions, effective immediately. The starting pay had been listed as $55,055 by the Middletown Civil Service Commission.

Bilbrey and Wenner were both hired as part-time Middletown police officers in October.

One of the full-time positions fills the vacancy created in 2017 when Patrol Officer Jeffrey Weaver retired from the department on disability effective Dec. 29.

The other full-time position is a new position council authorized to be created and funded in the 2018 budget.

The hires bring to 13 the number of full-time officers on the department roster, including Chief George Mouchette, according to the police roster posted on the borough website.

The roster currently lists seven part-time officers. For now at least, that goes down to five with Bilbrey and Wenner being elevated to full-time status.

The department already had one part-time vacancy to fill as of January.

Bilbrey and Wenner were among four candidates who had met requirements to be hired as a Middletown police officer, based on their successfully completing written and oral exams given through the Middletown Civil Service Commission.

The candidate with the top overall score among the four was another part-time Middletown police officer, Patrol Officer Rebecca Hulstine. Hulstine removed herself from the list of qualified candidates, Borough Manager Ken Klinepeter told council.

The fourth candidate, Joseph Smith, was the lone candidate on the list who was not a part-time Middletown police officer.

Bilbrey has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Shippensburg University. He had been a police officer in Penn Township, Perry County, until township supervisors in December 2016 voted to disband the township police department in 2017.

Bilbrey grew up in Kansas, but his family had lived all over the world in places such as China and Saudi Arabia, before his father’s job eventually landed Bilbrey in Hershey.

Wenner already knew the borough well from having been assigned to Middletown while a Dauphin County probation officer.

Born and raised in Dauphin County, Wenner has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and in criminal justice.