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Valley News Dispatch

Freeport Council chooses new member

| Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, 1:57 p.m.

Onetime Freeport police Officer Dino DiGiacobbe now is a councilman in the borough.

DiGiacobbe, 54, a New Kensington police officer, was appointed by council in a 5-0 vote Monday to replace Richard Hastings. Councilman John Mazurowski was absent.

Hastings was re-elected to council in November but resigned before starting his new, four-year term.

Under municipal law, DiGiacobbe's appointment will last until Dec. 31, 2019. DiGiacobbe and other interested candidates would have to run for the final two years of Hastings' term.

A 1982 Freeport High School graduate, DiGiacobbe served as a part-time police officer in Freeport for about 15 years after serving in the Army in the 82nd Airborne Division. He also was a maintenance department foreman at Alle­gheny Ludlum, now Allegheny Technologies Inc., in Harrison before entering police work full time in New Kensington in 2002.

“I liked the guys at Alle­gheny Ludlum, but I realized police work was my first love,” DiGiacobbe said. “I bought my parents' old house in Freeport. I've never held (political) office, but I thought this would be my civic duty.”

DiGiacobbe, the only applicant for the council vacancy, will be sworn in before the Feb. 26 meeting.

George Guido is a freelance writer.

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