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PULASKI, PA. Fired police chief ponders an appeal



Published: Thu, January 17, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



He wants to be returned to his job with back pay.

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- It's unclear if Pulaski's former police chief will appeal a decision made by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court last week relating to his termination by township supervisors.

"My attorneys are looking into it," Hogue said.

The decision stems from the chief's termination by township supervisors March 10, 1998.

A lower court judge ruled that supervisors didn't give Hogue the proper notice when he was fired and ordered a second hearing, where he was fired again.

As part of the decision to give Hogue a new hearing, however, Judge Ralph Pratt of Lawrence County Common Pleas Court ruled that Hogue should be placed back on unpaid medical leave.

Hogue's attorneys argued in commonwealth court that Hogue should be returned as police chief and given back pay.

A Jan. 10 decision by Commonwealth Court James Kelley upheld Judge Pratt's decision.

Disorder: Hogue, who left work because he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder caused by being the first police officer on the scene of a quadruple homicide in 1994, is still fighting to get his job back.

Supervisors fired him a second time in November 2000, claiming there was no new medical evidence presented at a second hearing to prove that he is cured of the disorder.

He appealed that decision in common pleas court and Judge Dominick Motto, last month, ruled that supervisors were justified in firing Hogue. Hogue has said he will appeal Judge Motto's ruling to a higher court.




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