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Irwin officer terminated, another suspended

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Irwin Council terminated part-time police officer Jessica Urban and suspended part-time police officer Pierre DeFelice after a 5-1 vote.

Councilman Bob Wayman dissented and would not discuss his vote.

Urban was with the police department for approximately one year, while DeFelice has been part of the department for about five years, Cassandro said.

Once DeFelice's suspension ends, council plans to put him on a six-month probationary period.

Cassandro declined to discuss the circumstances leading to Urban's termination and DeFelice's suspension.

The termination and suspension leaves the department with two full-time and nine part-time officers, according to Officer-in-Charge Dan Wensel. The department has also been without a full-time chief since January, when council and former chief Joe Pocsatko agreed that he would resign.

Wensel does not expect to hire another officer to replace Urban.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or

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