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Plum officer remains suspended, but probe continues

| Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Plum police Officer Jeremy Cumberledge remains suspended from the department with pay.

Plum Council members at a special meeting Feb. 20 voted to continue the patrolman's suspension with pay “pending further investigation,” according to the motion on the agenda.

The vote was 5-0. Council members Don Knopfel and Steve “Skip” Taylor did not attend the meeting.

Council members and Mayor Richard Hrivnak left the five-minute meeting without commenting.

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 or respond to messages seeking comment. His base pay salary is $78,817.

Manager Michael Thomas declined comment when asked why the meeting was called to continue the officer's suspension with pay.

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 about the computer breach to another law enforcement agency, Thomas has said.

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

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8753 or kzapf@tribweb.com.

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