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Mount Joy Borough officials lifted restrictions on police overtime and approved the hiring of a new police chief on Monday, March 3, after hearing discussions on recent staffing issues within the department.
Council members agreed to hire Kevin Girling, a Lieutenant with the York City Police Department, as chief of the Mount Joy Borough Police Department at a salary of $85,000 following a mid-meeting executive session to discuss the matter.
Girling, who is still working in York, will need to sign an employment agreement before officially joining the Mount Joy department , no later than April 1.
“Thank you to everybody who helped with the process,” council member William Hall said. “We put a lot of hours in, a lot of meetings, a lot of feedback from the public, and I’m very confident that this is going to work out.”
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The Amity Township Police Department became the main topic of conversation Wednesday.
Township officials defended the way they handled the recent suspension of one corporal and, in an unrelated move, approved a temporary replacement for another corporal who is on active duty in the military.
Supervisors Terry L. Jones and Paul R. Weller said that the board did nothing wrong during an executive session July 3 where it approved Police Chief Kent A. Shuebrook’s decision to suspend Cpl. Glenn J. Oesterling.
The suspension, following Oesterling’s arrest for shoplifting, was not mentioned during the public portion of the meeting, which supervisors Chairwoman Kim J. McGrath did not attend.
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Police Chief Theodore R. Roth spent most of Monday night’s Birdsboro Borough Council meeting silently staring at a copy of the 2013 budget spreadsheet.
But after more than 90 minutes of listening to council discuss how to balance next year’s $1.85 million budget, Roth could no longer keep quiet about rumors that his department was going to be downsized.
“I hear you’re facing two options, both of which are not very palatable,” he told council. “I’m asking what are those options but it seems like no one is willing to say it in public.”
Roth said his officers had heard that council discussed cutting an officer during recent executive sessions.
I just read an article, on a local online media outlet, about the Pottstown School Board having an Executive Session that appears to have violated the Sunshine Law. The board discussed cutting art and music behind closed doors after being told by taxpayers this was not their will.
As a student of history I feel it is incumbent upon us to study the past to learn from our mistakes. Making the same poor decision repeatedly and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity.
I feel there are other areas that could yield cost savings that we are not considering. Certain groups are considered “untouchable”. Art and music are always the first thing a school board looks at cutting to save money.
If we look at the number of students involved with the music program in the PSD, we see a large group. Not only do many students take part in the music program but our high school band and some other ensembles are award-winners and recognized for excellence. They are a source of pride for our community.
Clearly, this decision is not supported by taxpayers based on the turn out at public meetings where this subject has been discussed. Sneaking around behind closed doors is childish behavior and violates the LAW in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. But yet organizations in this town continue to engage in this counterproductive behavior. How are we supposed to trust any of you???
Shame, shame, shame! Two Roy’s Rants thumbs DOWN for this poor decision and the even poorer way it was handled.