Police Chief Farally gets Civil Service protection
After passing a verbal exam about situational policing and getting the blessing of the borough Civil Service Commission, Pitcairn police Chief Scott Farally recieved unanimous support from Pitcairn Council, which voted Tuesday to grant him Civil Service status.
The 7-0 vote means Farally — who was named interim chief in June and had the “interim” tag removed later in the summer — has legal protection should any borough politicians try to remove him from the job.
“That keeps him in his position and makes it pretty hard (for borough officials) to get rid of him,” Pitcairn Council President John Prucnal.
Not that officials are eager to do so.
Prucnal said Farally, who lives in Pitcairn, is well regarded throughout the community.
“Everyone seems to like what he's doing, meaning council and residents,” Prucnal said. “The residents love the guy.”
Borough officials said Farally has put an emphasis on increasing foot patrols in the community, in addition to nightly business checks. In addition to the chief, Pitcairn has three full-time and eight part-time officers.
Farally said he used vacation days to complete executive-development training over the summer at the Allegheny County Police Academy. The course was an outreach program provided by Penn State Justice Studies. It was three weeks long, five days a week, eight hours a day.
“It was pretty intense supervisor training,” Farally said. “It was great.”
Farally was appointed when former Chief Dennis Hockenberry retired.
Officials said their confidence in Farally has grown during his first few months on the job.
“We feel pretty strongly about the work he's doing and wanted to leave no doubt about our support for him,” Councilman John Bova said Tuesday.
Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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