At the Towanda Borough Council meeting on Monday, personnel changes were one of the main orders of business.

The council promoted David Lantz to sergeant, making him second in command of the Towanda Police Department.

In addition, at the meeting, Towanda officials remembered Towanda Municipal Authority member Ralph S. Park II, who passed away on July 27, as a dedicated and valued authority member. Park's seat on the TMA will be filled by Ann Street resident Joel Christian, the council decided.

Lantz "knows the ins and outs of the police department. I feel confident every time (I'm away from the department) and he's in charge, that I will not have any problems," Towanda Police Chief Randy Epler said.

Lantz has worked for the past 10 years as a full-time officer in the Towanda Police Department. He has also held part-time positions with the Bradford County Sheriff's Department and the Sayre and Towanda police departments.

The vote to promote Lantz was 5-1, with Ellen Lacek casting the nay vote. Lacek did not say at the meeting why she voted against the promotion.

Tom Fairchild Jr. who serves as the manager of both Towanda Borough and the TMA, said that Park was both a personal friend and a friend to the community.

Park was a valued member of the Towanda Municipal Authority who "brought a common-sense approach to the board. He will be missed," Fairchild said.

Park had retired three years ago and had been on dialysis since his retirement, Fairchild said.

Often Park would be sick and in obvious pain, and yet he would still attend TMA meetings, Fairchild said. Serving on the TMA "was an important part of his life," Fairchild said.

"I think he (Christian) will be a great replacement" for Park, Fairchild said.

More coverage of the council meeting will be in Wednesday's Daily Review.

James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or email: