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Wednesday, June 6, 2007


Last night City Council approved the police union's contract, which will allow some officers to retire sooner. See today's edition of the Daily Local News for more details.


CVillFuture said...

It looks like the city administration did an end around. In my view lay-off and “right sizing” are different names for the same thing. Police morale is low enough that some officers might leave on their own.

Look ahead to a time after Coatesville is down by about 6 officers and the city magically has the cash to hire more police. The really alarming thing that could happen is the possibility of testing hand picked locals and not administering a comprehensive background check. It is then possible to have “a hand-picked, don’t ask-don’t tell, just look the other way, police department”.

In my opinion it was not a victory for the drug dealers but they may have better field position now.

June 6, 2007 2:34 PM  
Anonymous said...

The term "Right Sizing" was put in there by the police union. This is a committee and the police union will have 2 members and the city will have 2 members. I have heard that this was done by thier attorney who specializes in police and fire union issues. If he said it is a good thing, the police union would not be properly representing thier members, and that is why he is getting paid, to give good advise.
Hand picking for any postion within the police deaprtment can not happen. Civil Service regulations set the guidlines for hiring and firing. This set of guidlines cant not just be changed , The police union will have to accept any changes, and I after the threat of layoffs and how they responded I dont think you will see any questionable new regulations being put in "Thier" Civil Service regulations

There are two unions in this city that they will NOT get over on or push around, Police Union and Fire Union.

June 6, 2007 5:02 PM  
Anonymous said...

Yes, Cicvil service rules apply, but they only apply to the staff, NOT the rank above Sergeant.

If they want to bring on a Police Chief, or Assistant Chief, He can be appointed, not run through any civil service. They still may slide Legree in anyway. Especially as an assistant or advisory position.

This isn't over yet..

June 6, 2007 7:30 PM  
Anonymous said...

you talk about the Civil Service Committee - maybe you need to check out the members of that "volunteer" committee. True, there are rules and regs to follow pertaining to the Civil Service, but that hasn't stopped them yet - what makes you think they will abide by these rules?

June 6, 2007 7:48 PM  
Anonymous said...

Let's get to the point, Harry's setting up all the cards to fall in the right direction. So hand picking can, and will happen. The appropriate question is when?
If he's able to change, or chip away, at the civil service process he'll be able to replace Matthew's with Legree. Makes sense, does it not?

June 7, 2007 1:47 AM  
Anonymous said...

If any vote by the "right sizing" committe ends in a two to two vote, who gets to cast the tie breaker?

June 7, 2007 8:25 AM  
Anonymous said...

Several good points, but has anyone spoke to the members of the police union? Well I have. They know what Walker may be thinking, but look at the response of the union when he and the bloc tried to lay off. That union banded together used every resource available from the county, and as far as having the State FOP rep come and meet with them and their attorney. They know what’s going on so does the county, state and federal law enforcement authorities. (Big brother is watching)
Give these people(union) some credit, these are the same ones that you will call to help you and are willing to give the ultimate sacrifice if need be. It is their City as well as the bloc; they have already proven that they will not buckle under pressure.

Whoever said you can’t fight City Hall has not dealt with this Police Union, and those who back the efforts of the CPBA.
They are your police; you are aloud to speak with them. But I did find that they are careful in what and how they respond, but you can read between the lines!

June 7, 2007 3:51 PM  
Anonymous said...

The Coatesville City Police have and are doing a fantastic job for our community. They are suppose to represent justice, law and order, and protection. Imagine how difficult it must be to work under these conditions. Imagine what it would be like to deal with right and wrong every day and to have it right under your nose. They have proved their unity and strength through this turmoil. I say horrary for the good guys!!!!

June 7, 2007 8:00 PM  
Anonymous said...

If Legree is hired by Coatesville in ANY capacity, that will be the final straw. How more obvious can it get on the direction and reason this is all happening? I pray every night that justice will be served for any and all who may be involved with any level of corruption and/or wrong doing. These things WILL NOT go unpunished.

June 9, 2007 10:17 AM  

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