Falls Township Police Chief William Wilcox worked his last day with the department Monday. Now, Nelson Whitney is officially working his first day as acting police chief.

The Falls Township Board of Supervisors chose Whitney as Wilcox’s replacement at their meeting on June 15. Formerly Lieutenant Whitney will earn a salary of $155,000 in his new role.

Acting Police Chief Nelson Whitney.

Whitney began working for the department in 1988 as a police officer and EMT. Through the years, he worked up to lieutenant in 2013.

“It has been an honor serving the community of Falls Township as a police officer for the last 32 years,” Whitney said. “I look forward to the challenges of this new position and thank the Board for their confidence in me. We have excellent officers in the Falls Township Police Department, and I am proud to serve with them.”

Acting Police Chief Nelson Whitney will start his first day as the official chief on January 1, 2021.

Meantime, Wilcox started his life as a police officer with Falls Township in 1973. He never worked for another department through his entire career.

Wilcox joined as a patrolman, rising through the ranks of detective, sergeant, and lieutenant. Eventually the position for chief opened up in 2007 after he had turned down opportunities at two other departments.

Former Falls Township Police Chief Bill Wilcox.

During his tenure as chief, Wilcox spearheaded several community outreach programs.

For one, he started the department’s Coffee with a Cop. This program gives local residents an opportunity to speak face to face with the officers in their community.

“The goal of all these programs is communication,” Wilcox said. “You want to get across that you’re listening to their needs, you’re listening to their wants. Sometimes you’re listening and you try their solution and it doesn’t work. You want them to know that you do care and you are listening.”

Wilcox worked his last day with the department on August 31, 2020.