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Mayor: Regional police panel wants city to join



Published: Fri, August 16, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Sharon's mayor said the commission's chairman told him of the plan in a recent call.

SHARON, Pa.-- The Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Commission is expected to ask the city of Sharon to join its force.

City officials said Thursday they will meet with representatives of the commission at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Fred Hoffman, president of Sharon City Council, announced at a council meeting that the commission sent council a letter saying it wants to discuss alternatives to hiring a new police chief after the retirement of its chief but that he had no further information on what the commission has in mind.

However, Mayor David O. Ryan said after the meeting that the commission's chairman told him the commission wants Sharon to join its department and that a proposal to that effect would be given to city council.

Ryan said he strongly opposes the idea.

James DeCapua, COG executive director and chairman of the Southwest commission, sent the letter but didn't attend the Sharon council meeting nor could he be reached to comment on the commission's plans.

About commission

The commission has no link with Sharon at this time.

It was formed by the merger of the Farrell and Wheatland police departments in 1992, and West Middlesex joined in 1994.

Southwest Police Chief Joseph Timko submitted his resignation to the commission last week, saying he plans to retire Oct. 1 and take a job with a federal agency, prompting the commission to take a new look at departmental operations.

Southwest has 14 full-time and five part-time officers. Sharon has 30 full-time and no part-time officers.




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