Freeport Council chooses new member
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.