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Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 9:57 p.m.
 

Plum Council voted Thursday night to continue the suspension with pay of borough police Officer Jeremy Cumberledge “pending further investigation.”

The 5-0 vote came at a special meeting called to address Cumberledge's situation. Councilmen Don Knopfel and Steve “Skip” Taylor did not attend.

The five council members who did, as well as Mayor Richard Hrivnak, left the five-minute meeting without commenting.

Borough Manager Michael Thomas declined to discuss the investigation and what agency is conducting it.

Cumberledge, a borough patrolman since 2007, did not attend the meeting and did not respond to messages seeking comment. The officer's base pay salary is about $78,800.

Thomas declined to comment when asked why the meeting was called to continue the officer's suspension with pay. That's the way the issue was described on a printed meeting agenda.

Cumberledge has been suspended with pay since Jan. 11 after what borough officials have said was an internal breach of the municipal computer system.

The computer system contained records for the borough's 67 employees.

Thomas has said the breach did not involve any resident's information, such as tax records.

He also has said once the breach was discovered, measures were taken to ensure it didn't happen again.

Plum officials turned over information with respect to the computer breach to another law enforcement agency, Thomas has said.

Police vacancies to be filled

In other action, council authorized the borough staff to prepare a list of candidates for police lieutenant, sergeant and patrolman.

The openings are a result of the retirement last month of former police Chief Frank Monaco and the promotion of former Lt. Jeffrey Armstrong to chief.

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