Irwin council, ex-police chief reach settlement
Irwin Council unanimously voted Wednesday night to accept a settlement reached with former police Chief Joe Pocsatko.
Under the agreement, Pocsatko's termination on Jan. 17 was rescinded, and he instead voluntarily resigned. That means Pocsatko leaves with a clean employment record from his time with the Irwin Police Department.
Solicitor Todd Turin declined to discuss details.
"I'm not allowed to talk about anything other than the terms of the settlement," Turin said. "But there was no monetary consideration as part of this agreement, and everything is effective immediately."
Pocsatko, who did not attend the meeting, signed off on the terms of the settlement prior to council's final vote, Turin said.
Pocsatko could not be reached for comment.
According to the settlement, Pocsatko also will withdraw his request for a Civil Service Commission hearing, and is able to apply for unemployment benefits.
It also prohibits Pocsatko and borough officials from discussing the actions leading to the termination and settlement.
Neither Pocsatko nor the borough admit to any wrongdoing, liability or violation of the law by making the agreement.
The settlement also requires the borough to provide Pocsatko with a written job reference, explaining the dates of his employment and position, salary and benefits, and that the borough closed an investigation into his position without adverse actions being taken.
Council president John Cassandro said officials are glad the incident is behind them, and have yet to make any decisions on the future leadership of the department.
"We're talking, but we don't have any decisions on what we're going to do at all," Cassandro said. "The position isn't opened up (for applications) right now."
Cassandro said council plans to keep Officer Dan Wensel as the department's officer- in-charge, making him responsible for its administrative functions.
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.
- North Huntingdon commissioner perplexed at official concern over absence
- Norwin School District to shore up hillside behind Hahntown Elementary
- Closure of small North Irwin bridge could cause big problems
- Accident sparks work on Strawpump VFD facade in North Huntingdon
- Norwin School District featured in Westmoreland ‘Video Tour Book’