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West Kittanning police chief's contract not renewed

| Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003

WEST KITTANNING -- West Kittanning Council declined to renew the contract of police chief Fred Quinn on Monday.

According to West Kittanning's solicitor, Chase McClister, council refused to accept a provision that Quinn wanted in his contract. McClister refused to elaborate on the item saying that it was a personnel matter and was discussed in a closed executive session.

Quinn also refused to comment on the matter in detail. However, he said, "It's simple, they're trying to force me out, to force me to retire. There's more than one issue here, but I'm not going to comment on it at this time."

McClister said he has been in contract negotiations with Quinn's attorney, Christine McCrady of Arnold since early June.

"We just reached a sticking point," McClister said, "and in all fairness to everyone concerned I'm not at liberty to discuss details."

McCrady also declined to discuss contractual details but said the matter is still in negotiation.

"I would hope that council would see their way through to consider the years of faithful service that Mr. Quinn has given their borough," she said. "We are still in negotiations and hope to see this matter through to completion."

Quinn has served West Kittanning's police force since 1970.

According to Marie Mores of Armstrong 911, Steve Kessler is the officer in charge for now.

West Kittanning Mayor Bernie Bowser Jr. could not be reached for comment.

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