Springettsbury Township manager John Holman announced Thursday that Lt. Thomas Hyers of the Philadelphia Police Department has been hired as Springettsbury's new chief of police, according to a news release.

Hyers, who has been with the Philadelphia Police Department for 25 years, will begin his employment with the township May 14, Holman said.

Hyers has worked as a patrol officer, in the narcotics department, internal affairs and the training bureau, the release states.

He also was a member of the department's executive team and served as an accreditation manager, bringing 6,600 sworn members up to required standards, said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.

Selected from 35 applicants from across the country, Hyers will relieve Lt. Daniel Stump, who has been the officer in charge since Lt. David Trott retired in February. Trott had taken over when former Chief David Eshbach was elected as a district judge.

Holman's decision to hire Hyers raised some protest from Trott and township supervisor Julie Landis, who said they believed Stump should have been selected as the department's new chief.

In a letter to the editor, Trott said "Lt. Daniel Stump was very highly trained for the position of chief, has acted in every capacity with the agency, has the support of each and every one of his officers and hopefully someday be able to prove his capabilities."

Trott said Thursday he had requested Stump become the new chief in his succession plan. However, Holman said, Hyers was the best candidate for the job.

"Hyers will provide an excellent service to the citizens of Springettsbury and we are excited for him to take this new position," Holman said.

Stump declined to comment.

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