The Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners formally appointed Sheriff's Office Major Jack Meckley as interim police chief Monday night, with Chief Leo Matrangola being placed on medical leave at the end of last month.
The commissioners also approved financing for two major sewer projects during Monday's town meeting.
The length of Meckley's appointment depends on Matrangola returning from the leave, the commissioners said.
"This is an excellent choice," Commissioner Edward Hopkins said, noting he and Meckley have worked together for at least 25 years at the Sheriff's Office, where Hopkins is serving as chief deputy.
Town Administrator James Fielder said Meckley "brings major experience" but added that he hopes Matrangola "gets back here as soon as he can."
At 2.29 percent, Harford Bank did not offer the lowest rate of the five bidders the town received from area banks at the end of October, Moody said.
PNC Bank came in with the lowest rate, 2 percent, but PNC could not hold the rate until the January closing date on the project, Moody said.
Harford Bank's financing has a 10-year maturity.
The town and The John Carroll School signed a memorandum of understanding last month to evenly split the projected construction costs of $169,802 to install the new sewer line, which was completed recently.
The commissioners previously approved another contract, with Insituform Technologies Inc., covering relining of leaking sewer lines in several neighborhoods, an ongoing program.
"When you have an officer that gets involved in the community like Sam has, the community becomes that much safer," Hopkins said.
Erin Bourn, an eighth-grade student at Bel Air Middle School, was recognized by the town commissioners for volunteering in the school's Character Education Program and presenting a play during an assembly on bullying.