Four Valley Residents Earn Sheriff’s Promotions

Attending the Friday promotions announcement were, from left, Cpl. James Bryan Subbio, Cpl. Trevor Keller, Sgt. Ronald Cole, Sgt. Mark Huzzard, Lt. Joann Lawlor, Sheriff Sean P. Kilkenny, Chief Deputy Adam T. Berry, and Cpl. Matthew Pokorny

NORRISTOWN PA – Four Perkiomen Valley residents were among those whose names were announced Friday (Jan. 26, 2018) as having been promoted within the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, which also named the first female lieutenant in its history.

Attaining new ranks that take effect Feb. 12 (Monday) were Cpl. Ronald Cole of Collegeville, Cpl. Mark Huzzard of Collegeville, Dep. Trevor Keller of Lower Fredrick Township, and Dep. James Bryan Subbio of Skippack. Also promoted were Sgt. Joanne Lawlor, who as lieutenant will command the office’s Warrants Division, and its Transportation and Detention Division; and Dep. Matthew Pokorny of Plymouth Township.

Cole was promoted to sergeant in the Transportation and Detention Division, where he has overseen daily operations for 2-1/2 years. He is an 18-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, having started his career in the Courts Division, where he launched its first field training officer program. Cole has received several commendations from law enforcement agencies and judiciary for high-level security management and planned evacuation drill oversight.

Huzzard was promoted to sergeant in the Warrants Division, after serving the sheriff’s office for 18 years. He coordinates overnight warrants raids to arrest offenders wanted for unpaid child support, criminal charges and DUIs. Huzzard helped the county District Attorney’s Office and Mothers Against Drunk Driving prioritize DUI warrant arrests, and also promoted MADD’s designated driver campaign with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is a certified bomb technician, and a U.S. Army veteran.

Keller was promoted to corporal in the Courts Division. He is a seven-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and has also served as a K9-Unit handler for the past four years. He also assists the Warrants Division during overnight raids, criminal searches, and arrests, for which he has received commendations.

Subbio is a 12-year sheriff’s office veteran, and was promoted to corporal in the Courts Division. He is a liaison to the Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center, a field training officer, and a background investigator for new hires. Subbio previously led overnight raids and conducted fugitive investigations in the Warrants Division. He has received department commendations for his work in investigating and capturing most-wanted criminals.

With Lawlor’s promotion, Sheriff Sean P. Kilkenny declared Friday as a “a history-making day” for his office. He praised Lawlor as a “consummate professional who has dedicated her working life to make our office the best in the Commonwealth.”

Lawlor is the longest-serving law enforcement staffer of those promoted, having served 29 years working in the Courts, Civil, Transportation and Detention, and Warrants divisions. She was instrumental in helping to build the Montgomery County’s Most-Wanted social media program, which has resulted in a significant increase in anonymous tips from residents. Lawlor has received commendations for her work capturing most wanted offenders for child support arrearages.

Pokorny is a 15-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and also is a North Wales Police Department police officer. He was promoted to corporal and will help supervise the Transportation and Detention Division. During his career, Pokorny has worked in the Courts and Civil Divisions and as a part of the emergency response team. He was the sheriff’s office first field training officer, and is a Taser instructor, senior safety team member, and background investigator. Pokorny has been commended for his work in assisting the Warrants Division in arresting child support fugitives.

Photo from the county Sheriff’s Office