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Irwin seeks new police chief

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Thursday, June 13, 2013, 3:31 a.m.

Irwin council hopes to find a new top administrator for the borough's police department.

Council on Wednesday voted 5-1 to advertise the full-time police chief position in newspapers and trade publications.

Council president John Cassandro dissented, while Councilman Bob Wayman was absent. Cassandro declined to discuss his reasons for dissenting.

“This is a matter that we need to continue discussing in an executive session,” Cassandro said. “But council decided they wanted to move ahead, so that's what we're going to do.”

The position has been vacant since January, when council terminated former Chief Joe Pocsatko.

Officer Dan Wensel has been the department's officer in charge, covering the chief's administrative duties, Cassandro said.

Wensel said he does not know if he will apply for the position.

Officials did not set a timeline to hire a chief.

Council has not discussed a salary for the new chief, Cassandro said. Pocsatko received an annual salary of $44,994.

Council awarded its summer road paving and resurfacing project to Oakmont-based A. Folino Construction, which was the lowest of four bidders, at $194,346.

The program will address seven roadways — Pennsylvania Avenue, Fifth Street, Walnut Street, Tenth Street Extension, Western Alley, Iroquois Street and drainage on Oak Street.

Officials pared the list down from 14 to meet its $200,000 resurfacing budget, according to engineer Lucien Bove.

“I'm pretty confident we will be able to keep the project within the borough's budget,” Bove said.

Public works superintendent Jim Halfhill expects work to begin within the next two months.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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