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Apollo officials mum on police chief's suspension

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Former Apollo police chief Paul Breznican.

By Brian C. Rittmeyer

Published: Friday, June 15, 2012, 8:38 p.m.

Apollo police Chief Paul Breznican, who has been on leave collecting workers' compensation, has been suspended -- but nobody is saying why.

"I have learned that he was suspended," his attorney, Greg Swank, said on Friday. "They didn't give a reason why he's been suspended."

Swank said he got an email from Mayor Rich Dixon around midday Thursday stating that Breznican was suspended, with pay, effective immediately. Breznican is paid about $33,000 annually.

Breznican did not return calls. Dixon referred questions to borough Solicitor Chuck Pascal, who would not comment on "personnel action."

Council President David Heffernan said the suspension was agreed to by all council members.

Heffernan said "there are too many things still unclear and still ongoing" for him to say more.

Breznican, who is the only full-time officer in the Armstrong County community, has been on the borough's police force for 13 years. He was named chief in 2006, when he replaced retired Chief Robin Davis.

Breznican has not been working for about a year because of an injury he suffered on the job.

"From a practical standpoint, he's been suspended from a job he currently doesn't fill," Swank said. "That doesn't make sense to me. I don't know what they're trying to accomplish with that, other than more public humiliation tactics going on among all these people."

Swank said Dixon's email indicated that council plans to review the matter during its June 28 meeting.

 

 
 


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