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Irwin police force expecting wave of turnovers

| Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Turnover at Irwin Police Department will open several part-time jobs, as officers leave to secure full-time employment elsewhere.

One part-time officer submitted his resignation last week. It's likely that two or three other part-time officers also will be leaving within the next month, Chief Roger Pivirotto said.

“It's alarming, but I understand this has been an ongoing issue,” Pivirotto said. “It's not alarming in that its unusual; it just creates difficulties and a need for immediate action.”

One officer accepted a full-time job with Manor Police Department. The others have not accepted full-time jobs, but, Pivirotto said, they are going through background checks and other procedural routines in line with full-time employment with other departments.

Council authorized Pivirotto to begin interviews for part-time police candidates at its meeting last week. He said he expects to fill the vacancies but hopes to sway council to consider switching part-time positions into full-time positions.

“Ultimately, I'd like to persuade council to hire full-time people,” he said. “At this present time, that isn't an option.”

Irwin police officers cover the borough, as well as neighboring North Irwin. The starting pay is $13.25 an hour, with no benefits.

Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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