Appeal hearing scheduled for fired Wrightsville Police chief
An appeal hearing has been scheduled for the fired Wrightsville Police chief, according to a borough official.
Solicitor Sean Fields said following the borough council meeting Monday, March 5, that Ron Hege, the borough's former police chief, has a civil-service hearing scheduled for Monday, March 12.
Hege was fired from his position in November after serving as chief for nearly five years.
The hearing will be closed, Fields said, and during the hearing, the Civil Service Commission will decide whether to sustain Hege's removal.
Mayor Michael Albert said last month that Hege's civil-service hearing scheduled for January had been canceled, and borough officials were waiting to hear when it would be rescheduled.
Removal: Albert suspended Hege in August, and the borough council unanimously voted to remove him as chief during its November meeting.
In the seven months since Hege's suspension, officials have been quiet about what led to Hege's removal.
Albert has maintained that he is unable to comment on why the former chief was suspended and ultimately fired, citing personnel issues.
On Monday, Fields reiterated that, again citing personnel issues. Albert did not attend Monday's meeting.
Hege could not be reached for comment because phone numbers listed for him have been disconnected.
Adam Schaum, the borough's most senior officer, has been the officer-in-charge since August.
During the meeting Monday, the council voted to pay Schaum discretionary compensation of $2,541.60 for serving as the officer-in-charge from August until the end of last year.
Fields confirmed Monday that Schaum will remain as the officer-in-charge.
The Wrightsville Police Department is made up of two full-time officers and three part-time officers, the mayor has said.
Other police news: During Monday's meeting, councilman Larry Kirkessner expressed interest in forming a group of officials to work toward improving safety for Eastern York schools within the borough, given the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
“I kind of feel in light of all the violence in the nation and school shootings and things like that going on, I personally believe that as a community, as a society, we could be doing more,” he said.
Kirkessner said he would like to have people from the district and the borough come together.
Council president Eric White mentioned that there are elementary schools within the borough. The high school and middle school are in Lower Windsor Township.
Schaum and Wrightsville Fire Chief Chad Livelsberger said they had attended an active shooter drill earlier this year.
"On our end we are very proactive," Schaum said.
White said the borough needs the cooperation of the district to proceed.
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