The command staff of the Department is comprised of the Chief of Police and a Lieutenant.
Chief of Police:
Chief Ronald MacPherson grew up in Philadelphia, the son of a Philadelphia police officer. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from West Chester State College and his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from West Chester University. Most recently he earned a Certificate in Municipal Leadership from Penn State University.
Chief MacPherson started his 33 year career in law enforcement at Falls Township Police Department, where he retired at the rank of Lieutenant after 26 years of service.
In 2009 he was appointed Chief of the Upper Southampton Township Police Department. He is in charge of overall administration, management and operation of the 22 member police department and 7 civilians.
He currently serves on many law enforcement boards and organizations including: President of the Delaware Valley Association of Police Professionals, Vice President of the Bucks County Chiefs of Police Association, Executive Board of the South Eastern PA Chiefs of Police Association, Member of the PA Chiefs Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, Chairman of the Bucks County Police Strategic Planning Board, Board Member of the South Central Bucks County SERT.
Chief MacPherson is also a member of the International Chiefs of Police Association, PA Chiefs of Police Association, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. He serves as an assessor for the PA Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Accreditation program and as a consultant for police hiring and promotional processes.
He is married with two children and enjoys playing golf.
Lt. Craig Rudisill is a Southampton native who graduated from William Tennent Senior High School. After graduating he entered the United States Marine Corps Reserve, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant, and was called to active-duty service in support of Operation Desert Storm. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Bethel University.
Lt. Rudisill joined the Department in 1995 and was assigned to the patrol division. While serving there, in addition to performing his normal duties, he taught the DARE program to students at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Davis Elementary School and Stackpole Elementary School. He was also specially trained in the area of accident investigation/reconstruction.
In 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Detective where he was responsible for investigating various crimes against victims and/or property with case preparation for the prosecution of offenders. He was the Departments primary evidence custodian responsible for proper documentation, storage and destruction of evidence and property. In 2010 he was assigned as the Department’s accreditation manager and was, and still is, responsible for policy development, file maintenance and obtaining proofs of compliance.
In 2015, he was promoted to his current position as Lieutenant where he assists Chief MacPherson in the planning, organizing and delegating all police objectives and support functions to ensure the safety and security of the community and police officers.
Lt. Rudisill has attended numerous police supervisory trainings and is a graduate of the FBI’s 61st Command Institute for Police Executives; the FBI’s Executive Management Training Program and holds a Certificate in Municipal Leadership from Penn State University. He also serves as an assessor for the PA Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Accreditation program.
He is married with two children and enjoys traveling in his spare time.