Cheltenham grad appointed Conshohocken Chief of Police | History with Chuck: CHS grad was the first African American to lead Philadelphia PAL

David Lennon, a 1995 graduate of Cheltenham High School and a 23-year member of the Conshohocken Police Department, was sworn in as the new Chief of Police for the Borough of Conshohocken at the April 3 Conshohocken Borough Council Meeting.

Sergeant Lennon was promoted to Lieutenant in June 2023, one month before becoming the Acting Chief of Police, borough officials said.

Lennon began his career as a part-time patrolman in 2001 and was elevated to full-time status one year later. As a patrolman—a position he held until October 2011— he was a community outreach officer, a Montgomery County Technology Committee member, and an International Police Mountain Bike Association instructor and mechanic.

Lennon was promoted to patrol sergeant in October 2011. During his 12-year capacity, Lennon implemented numerous projects and technological advances to progress the department, including the implementation of in-car computers, video cameras, body-worn cameras, and an 800 MHz radio communications system.

Lennon holds PEMA Basic, Advanced, and Professional level certifications in Emergency Management, as well as being an FAA Part 107 UAV Drone Pilot.

“I am excited to have reached this pinnacle of policing in my career, and I am looking forward to providing the community with exemplary police services,” he said. “As Chief, I will continue to dedicate my time, resources, and knowledge to further develop our staff and our department to better serve the residents, businesses, and guests of Conshohocken. I look forward to engaging with residents routinely and at our many events to discuss our role within the community, and I will continue to enhance the goals of our elected officials. It truly is an honor to serve the Conshohocken Borough community.”

Lennon holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from St. Joseph’s University. He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and a proud Eagle Scout.

Derrick A. Roman

In related news, local historian Chuck Langerman shared that Derrick A. Roman, a 1981 CHS graduate, became the first African American to lead the Philadelphia Police Athletic League (PAL) in 2004.

At just 40 years of age, Roman was one of the youngest chairmen in Philadelphia PAL’s history, Langerman said. In 1997, he became a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, the first black professional to reach partner at any of Philadelphia’s “Big 6” largest accounting firms.

Roman played Varsity basketball at Cheltenham High and Babson College, a Division III school in Massachusetts.

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