Christman to head security at LVHN
South Whitehall Police Chief John Christman has retired from township employment to take the position director of security services for Lehigh Valley Health Network.
Christman commented during the Jan. 2 South Whitehall Township commissioners’ meeting on his new venture.
“It’s an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” Christman said. “It’s a big force with about 85 security officers. I have a lot to learn.”
Christman, who led the 39-member police department in South Whitehall, began as a patrol officer in the township 25 years ago.
He was promoted to chief in November 2015.
“I never thought I’d be leaving so soon,” Christman said.
Commissioners presented him with a Distinguished Service Award in honor of his commitment and leadership.
Board President Christina “Tori” Morgan offered remarks.
“Chief Christman is well-loved in this community,” Morgan said. “He had a great partnership with Dorney Park and Parkland School District.
Christman’s accomplishments include leading the department through the process of accreditation which was achieved in 2017; support for the K-9 program, Project Lifesaver; and community outreach in events such as Coffee With a Cop.
Christman provided thoughts on his departure.
“I’m absolutely going to miss the guys and the girls,” Christman said. “It’s a great team and a great department.”
Commissioners appointed Lt. Michael Sorrentino as interim chief of police effective 4 p.m. Jan. 5.
Sorrentino has 29 years with the South Whitehall police force.
Commissioner David Bond reported Sorrentino will serve on a temporary basis until a new chief has been designated.