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

Police - Administration

Lower Saucon Township Guy L. Lesser, Chief of Police
Police Chief Guy L. Lesser has been a member of the Lower Saucon Police Department since February of 1975, was assigned as Officer-In-Charge in December of 1983, and appointed as Chief of Police in February, 1984.

He is a graduate of Parkland High School and Lebanon Valley College, from which he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. He is also a graduate of the Allentown Police Academy and has completed Penn State's Police Development Institute course. Additionally, he has continued his education by completing an additional 30 credits in the field of Law Enforcement.

Chief Lesser has resided in Lower Saucon Township for over 30 years with his family and is a member of the Steel City Mennonite Church. He has utilized some of the skills learned through his participation in high school and collegiate football, wrestling, and track, and as a volunteer youth sports coach in the area.

Thomas H. Barndt, Sergeant
Sergeant Thomas Barndt, who has been an officer with Lower Saucon since 1990 and previously a dispatcher with the department, was promoted in December 2007 to Corporal and then to Sergeant in October 2009. He has served as the departments' Firearms Instructor, a Field Training Officer, performed Criminal ID tasks for his patrol team, and previously served two years in a limited capacity as Investigator. Some of his new duties include incident review/direction and scheduling. He graduated in 1982 from Saucon Valley High School and from the Allentown Police Academy in 1990.

Christopher B. Leidy, Detective Corporal
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 an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Northampton Community College in 2015 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.

Police Admin. Clerk
Gail-Marie Van Helmondt is a graduate of Penn State University with her BS in Psychology and Political Science. She has held corporate management positions in Recruiting and Training for 15 years in the telecommunications and chemical industries. Gail is a certified DDS Behavioral Interviewer and Trainer. She is also a registered yoga instructor. She and her husband have two boys and moved to Lower Saucon Township 3 years ago. They share a fondness for outdoor activities enjoying swimming, scuba diving, hiking, and biking.

Clerk/Typist
Our Clerk/Typist, 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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