TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Former Monroeville police chief on leave

About Kyle Lawson
Picture Kyle Lawson 412.856.7400 x8755
Staff Reporter
Times Express


By Kyle Lawson

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 6:57 p.m.

Former Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole is on paid administrative leave, Mayor Greg Erosenko said on Wednesday.

Municipal manager Lynette McKinney made the ruling on Cole, who was demoted to sergeant in February on Tuesday, Erosenko said. Cole remains on leave pending the outcome of a recent Loudermill hearing.

One hearing last month focused on possible violations of the employee handbook during Cole's tenure as chief.

A Loudermill hearing is part of the “due process” requirement for a government employee prior to removal or disciplinary action. The municipal manager can discipline employees, but Erosenko said that a more prudent approach would have been to wait for the results of a federal investigation. The Department of Health and Human Services is investigating whether there were violations of health care privacy laws when Cole was chief.

Cole and his attorney declined to comment. McKinney was not available for comment.

Cole had been issued a 10-day suspension as the result of a Loudermill hearing in July. He had appealed that suspension.

Some residents say Cole was demoted for political reasons. Earlier in the year, residents packed council meetings in support of the former chief.

McKinney also fired three dispatchers, Erosenko said Wednesday. Their names were not available.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at klawson@tribweb.com or 412-856-7400.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Allegheny

  1. Change in kidney allocation rules expected to help patients
  2. Landslides put Baldwin firefighters in financial peril
  3. Population expansion in Western Pennsylvania hinges on immigrants
  4. Catholic learning sessions to start in Pittsburgh
  5. Newsmaker: James Lange
  6. Patients nationwide die waiting as 1 in 5 kidneys rejected by doctors
  7. Officials identify Chartiers shooting victim as Wilkinsburg man
  8. Film tax credits bill would bump up state budget
  9. Pope Francis inspires incredible optimism
  10. Bethel Park man to receive degree from Pitt he earned 64 years ago
  11. Bullied South Fayette student’s case prompts wiretap overhaul legislation
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.