First Posted: 12/23/2014

KINGSTON TWP. — Police Sgt. Michael Moravec has been named to succeed longtime Chief James Balavage as the department’s top cop.

Moravec will officially assume responsibility as leader of of the 10-member force in the new year, township officials announced Monday.

He will be sworn in as chief at the board’s annual reorganization meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 5. Residents are invited to attend the meeting and meet the new chief at a reception in Moravec’s honor immediately following the meeting.

Balavage officially stepped down on Sept. 30, retiring after 34 years with the department.

The board of supervisors initially appointed Moravec acting chief to take over after Balavage’s departure.

Moravec has been with the department since 1985, having started out as a patrol officer. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1993.

Moravec earned a criminal justice degree in 1980, followed by certification as a municipal police officer in 1983. He served as a police officer in other West Side municipalities before being hired as a full time officer in Kingston Township.

Moravec is married and resides in Kingston Township.

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