Morey to retire as borough police chief
Northampton Borough Council at the June 1 meeting accepted the retirement of Police Chief Ron Morey, whose career with the borough’s police force spans more than three decades.
Morey will remain in command of the police department until Aug. 1.
“Police Chief Ron Morey will reach his normal retirement age in August 2017,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst advised council, noting for clerical purposes Morey’s retirement is effective Sept. 1.
The veteran police officer has accrued time in order to leave his position earlier.
Council members heaped praise on Morey, whose presence at council meetings was always a given. He was recognized for his devotion to work and community.
“I thank you for your dedicated service,” Councilman Robert McHale said, words also echoed by each council member.
“You will be missed,” Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. said, recalling he served with Morey as a police officer for many years.
During his tenure, Morey has seen and done it all, agreed council members. In addition to the administrative functions of his job, he has been involved with routine patrols, securing grants, interacting with residents and investigating vehicle accidents, robberies, home invasions and even homicides in the borough.
Morey also is remembered as the officer conducting Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) classes and programs at Col. John Siegfried Elementary School and Good Shepherd Catholic Elementary School.
A 1980 Northampton High School graduate, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1984 from Moravian College.
Morey began his borough career as a patrol officer, now capping 33 years with the department.
Morey said he will remain active in some capacity.
The police chief is married to Cathy Morey. The couple has two children and one grandchild.