Two months later, still no word on why Wrightsville police chief suspended
More than 40 properties in York County were damaged during the Feb. 25, 2017, storms that included an EF1 tornado that struck Hellam Township and Wrightsville
The Wrightsville Borough Council held its second monthly meeting since the borough's police chief was suspended, and again Monday, Oct. 2, there was no public discussion about why Ron Hege was placed on leave or if he will return.
Borough solicitor Sean Fields said council members did speak about the situation, but they did so behind closed doors in a 30-minute executive session.
However, since discussions are still ongoing, Fields said, borough officials can't give any information on why Chief Hege was suspended or what his future holds.
"The borough is still working through this ongoing personnel issue," he said.
Fields said officials are working toward a resolution but added he could not offer an idea of how much longer it would take for a resolution to come to fruition.
Mayor Michael Albert suspended Hege without pay, and the suspension went into effect Aug. 7.
At the time of the chief's suspension, the mayor declined to go into specifics.
During the September meeting and Monday's meeting, Albert deferred comment to the solicitor, who said he couldn't comment on the details of the suspension because it was an ongoing personnel issue.
There was no public discussion of the chief other than Fields stating that the issue was discussed during the executive session.
According to meeting minutes, Hege was sworn in as chief during the council's October 2012 meeting.
Officer Adam Schaum, the department's most senior officer, has been acting chief since Hege's suspension in August.
The Wrightsville Police Department is currently made up of three full-time officers and two part-time officers, Schaum said.
Short?: Schaum, addressing the council during the Monday night meeting, spoke about how the department is short on officers.
Despite that, Schaum said, residents having nothing to worry about. He added that "not one busy shift has been missed."
Speaking after the meeting, Albert confirmed that Hege's absence is not the cause of the shortage. The mayor said two part-time officers recently left the department.
"We're still in the process of rebuilding," he said.
The next borough council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the borough building at 601 Water St.
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