Southwestern Regional Police board to meet Tuesday at N. Codorus Twp.'s request

Southwestern Regional Police Department in Heidelberg Township, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The Southwestern Regional Police board will hold a special meeting Tuesday evening at the request of departing municipality North Codorus Township.

Rodney Shearer, a township supervisor who serves on the police board, said he requested the meeting to get things moving between the township and the department.

"It's going to be a lot of different things talked about tomorrow night," he said Monday, April 22.

In October, the township notified the board of its intent to leave by the end of 2019. Township officials have cited rising costs, among other things, as the reason for the departure.

The township pays about $1 million per year for regional police service, or roughly half the department's yearly budget. In addition to North Codorus Township, the department serves Heidelberg Township, Manheim Township and Spring Grove.

The board, which is made up of representatives from each municipality and governs the police department, will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the police station at 6115 Thoman Drive in Heidelberg Township. The meeting was advertised over the weekend.

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“North Codorus has always said all the options are open, and if they want to fix it, they can't wait until the end of the year to fix it," Shearer said.

In March, the township rejected a proposed budget that would have cut North Codorus Township's share of the cost by 25% and eliminated three of the 14 officer positions.

Shearer said that budget would only come to fruition if the police association agrees to it and if the board can change the officers' insurance.

“There hasn’t been any movement on working this budget out or working with the association," he said.

Shearer said the police board will meet with the association Monday evening.

North Codorus has received two bids for police service, a three-year contract from Northern York County Regional Police at $744,000 per year and a 10-year contract from West Manchester Township at $825,000 a year, with a $200,000 buy-in.

Chief: Matt Bollinger, a Heidelberg Township supervisor who is the chairman of the police board, said the board also advertised that Chief Greg Bean's resignation will be discussed.

The decision to have a special meeting came before Bean announced his resignation, according to Bollinger. He said the information was advertised in case any board members wish to discuss it Tuesday night.

Bean announced he is resigning as chief effective June 5. He accepted a management position with the PA Chiefs of Police Association in Harrisburg.

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