Seal of Lower Saucon Township
3700 Old Philadelphia Pike / Bethlehem, Pa 18015 / 610-865-3291

Police - Administration

Lower Saucon Township Thomas Barndt, Chief of Police
Police Chief Thomas Barndt is a lifelong resident of Lower Saucon Township and is a 1982 graduate of Saucon Valley High School. Barndt joined the Lower Saucon Township Police Department as a dispatcher in 1988 and then became a Police Officer in 1990 after graduating from the Allentown Police Academy. Barndt has served in a variety of roles within the department and was promoted to Corporal in 2007 and Sergeant in 2009. In addition to his police career, Barndt was a member of the Se-Wy-Co Volunteer Fire Company serving in the capacity of Assistant Fire Chief for 19 years and Fire Chief for 12 years. He also oversaw the first fire department merger in Northampton County merging the Leithsville Volunteer Fire Department with the Se-Wy-Co Fire Department. He and his family reside in Lower Saucon Township.

Christopher B. Leidy, Sergeant
Detective Corporal Chris Leidy, who has been an Officer with Lower Saucon since 1997, was promoted to Corporal in October 2010. He has also served as the department’s Detective since 2005 and as the PLEAC Accreditation Manager since 2009. He initiated the department’s K-9 program and served as K-9 Officer from 2000 – 2005. Some of his new duties include incident review/direction, particularly as it pertains to Criminal Investigations, as well as Property/Evidence room management. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from DeSales University in 2019 and graduated from the Allentown Police Academy in 1993.

Timothy M. Connell, Corporal
Corporal Timothy Connell, who has been an officer with Lower Saucon since 2000, was promoted in June 2010 to Corporal. He has served as a departmental Field Training Officer and as a Team Leader and Criminal Identification officer for his patrol team. Some of his new duties include incident review/direction and scheduling. He graduated in 1991 from Saucon Valley High School and from the Allentown Police Academy in 1997. He is currently pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice. He resides with his wife in the Saucon Valley.

Our PD Administrative Clerk, Julie Haekler, began her employment in January 2008; her duties include the creation and tracking of arrest reports, coordination with the offices of the District Justice and Northampton County District Attorney, and database management, among others. Julie was born and raised in Connecticut and has resided in Quakertown for the past 17 years with her husband and two daughters. Julie received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She spends her spare time reading, doing outdoor activities, participating in sports, and spending time with family and friends.

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