NEWTOWN BOROUGH >> The borough’s Police Department welcomed its newest full-time officer on June 28 during a brief swearing-in ceremony at borough hall attended by friends, family, borough officials and members of the police department.
Mayor Charles “Corky” Swartz administered the oath of office to Philadelphia native Charles “Chuck” Gorski who pledged to “obey, support and defend the Constitution of the United States, to uphold the laws and ordinances of Newtown Borough and to discharge the duties of a full-time police officer with fidelity and to the best of my judgment and ability.”
Gorski grew up in Philadelphia the son of U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Philadelphia Police Sergeant Charles S. Gorski who served in the city’s police department from 1970 to 2002.
After graduating from Roman Catholic High School, Gorski followed in his father’s footsteps, enlisting in the U.S. Armed Forces.
As a member of the U.S. Air Force, he served the nation for two decades before retiring from active duty.
After his military service, Gorski joined the Okaloosa County, Florida Sheriff’s Department where he worked as a deputy for two and a half years performing the duties of a beat cop.
He returned to Pennsylvania after his father became ill and was placed in hospice care.
Gorski said he’s looking forward to getting back into law enforcement, getting to know the people and businesses of Newtown Borough and putting his skills to use in community policing.
Joining him at the ceremony were his wife of three years, Jennifer; his 17 year old son, Charles; and his two year old daughter, Celeste.
The addition of Gorski to the ranks brings the borough’s police force up to six full-timers, including the Chief.
The extra full-timer, said Chief James Sabath, will free up the department for additional investigative work, which oftentimes requires an officer to work outside the borough.
According to Sabath, after going through a very rigorous Civil Service hiring process, Gorski rose to the top as the top scorer in physical agility, written and oral examinations.
“He comes to us with not only a law enforcement background, but also a military background,” said Sabath. “He’s a very well-rounded, family-oriented individual who will fit in well with the borough’s department.”