A ceremony was held at the Norristown Courthouse on Thursday to honor the transition of the Montgomery County Chief Deputy position.
Outgoing chief T. Michael Beaty is leaving the department to become the Tredyffrin Township Police Department’s superintendent.
During his 18-month tenure, he was responsible for facilitating the acquisition of new technology, introducing improved safety standards, and planning the logistics around high profile hearings such as comedian Bill Cosby and former Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
"Since coming to the Sheriff’s Office in January 2016, it is my belief that we have made huge strides in the professionalism and readiness of the men and women that serve this County so diligently," Beaty said.
The ceremony was held by Montgomery County Sheriff Sean P. Kilkenny, who had nothing but praise for the exiting chief.
"Chief Beaty has made a permanent impact on our office due to his incredible leadership and experience and he will be missed," said Kilkenny.
The position is being filled by longtime Montgomery County employee, Lieutenant Adam T. Berry.
After entering the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy in 2000, he has been promoted to various positions in the Civil Divison, and Transportation and Detention Division over his 17 year career.
"Chief Berry has an impeccable track record and is highly regarded among his peers," added Sheriff Kilkenny. "I am confident that he will do a great job while keeping continuity in our organization, since there has been some leadership turnover within the past few years."
Along with his impeccable list of experience as an officer, Berry is a Montco resident, and graduate of the Montgomery County Police Academy.
"I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead such dedicated men and women," Berry said. "I know we will all continue to work as a team to serve the citizens of Montgomery County."