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New faces on board at Stowe Township

McKees Rocks, PA – Stowe Township has welcomed six new employees into its ranks over the last year, including one administrator, two full-time and two part-time police officers, and one ordinance and code enforcement officer.

“We are happy to have so many new faces within the Township. The combined experience, education, and talent they all bring is a major asset to our community,” said Robin Parrilla, President of the Stowe Township Board of Commissioners.

Nick Leffakis, the most recent hire, has been named as the Township’s new ordinance and code enforcement officer. Nick has previous experience with code enforcement at Etna Borough and has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dwight Boddorf was hired in November of 2021 as the new Township Secretary. Dwight also has a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Public Policy and Management. He previously worked as the Chief Veterans Affairs Officer for Allegheny County and served as a United States Marine.

Alex Carmody, a full-time police officer hired in October of 2021. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Mount Union. He previously worked as a full-time officer with The Allegheny County Housing Authority Police, and as a part-timer in Frazer Township.

Justin Ball, a full-time police officer hired in November of 2021. Justin is a graduate of the Beaver County Police Academy and has six years of total policing experience, including most recently as a part-time officer for Stowe Township.

Andrew Bigger, a part-time police officer hired in July of 2021. Andrew is a graduate of the IUP Police Academy at Robert Morris University and has familial ties within Stowe Township.

Michael Palahunik, part-time police officer hired in March of 2021. Michael is a graduate of the Allegheny County Police Academy.

“We are excited about the innovative ideas all these individuals bring to the table. They will also benefit from the experience our current staff has. Ultimately, they will all work together to make Stowe Township a better place,” said Darrell Chestnutt, Vice President of the Township Board of Commissioners.

“The Township and police force will benefit from an additional two full-time officers and two part-time officers. We are also fortunate enough to employ officers who have ties to the community. Being a part of this community both professionally and personally is a major asset to the force and to our residents, and we are looking forward to great things from all our newest officers,” said Matthew Preininger, Chief of Police for Stowe Township.