Irwin seeks new police chief
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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- McKeesport man: Ex-girlfriend ‘attempted to run me over’
- Responsibility for sinkhole near Glassport remains uncertain
- Mon Valley schools honored for commitment to music education
- McKeesport teacher among winners at Champions of Learning awards dinner
- McKeesport student’s prize-winning song about brother helps ease family’s grief
- Clairton schools honor alumni in mentoring program
- Mon-Yough area first responders say drivers need to stop, pull over
- Program details women’s work in Mon-Yough area mills during World War II
- Area travelers brace for Lincoln Way widening
- Closed Bottom Dollars in Homestead, McKeesport to become Aldi stores
- Elizabeth Forward senior builds his own canoe in school’s lab