Two police officers stood out from a pool of 140 candidates to become the newest members of the .
During Monday night's Horsham Township Council meeting,, amid fellow police officers, family and friends, swore in Kelli Fronk and Sean Gallagher.
Prior to her hiring in Horsham, Fronk had worked for the Bristol Township Police Department, where she had been laid off, brought back only to be laid off again, according to Horsham Police Chief Robert Ruxton. But, the Lower Bucks department's loss was Horsham's gain as Ruxton welcomed Fronk.
Gallagher, who grew up in Haverford, has worked in law enforcement for three years, most recently as a part-time officer in Darby Township.
Horsham Police Lt. Jon Clark said the new hires bring the force to fully staffed department of 40 officers.
"We've had vacancies for quite a while," Clark told Patch.
Township Manager Bill Walker said it was "budgeting matters" alone that caused a delay in hiring officers to replace Steve Magura, who retired several years ago, and in March 2011.
The township and the police department had been awaiting the results of stemming from the police contract, which had expired at the end of 2010. An arbitration panel rendered its decision in May and the township, earlier this month, , the final step needed to resolve the contract. Under the new contract, Horsham had to pay an additional $195,000 in salaries for 2011 and 2012.
Walker said he knows Fronk and Gallagher will work to maintain a high quality of life in Horsham.
"They are joining a highly regarded department with a high reputation," Walker said.