Berlin Borough

Berlin Borough (May 2, 2013)

Berlin Borough Council members accepted the resignation of Sgt. Chad Salley, the police department's officer-in-charge, Thursday.

The resignation was accepted after a nearly 30-minute executive session with solicitor Dan Rullo.

Rullo said during the meeting that Salley resigned "for personal reasons." Borough officials are handling Salley's departure like a furlough so he can receive health benefits until he finds another job with benefits. He will also be able to sign up for unemployment benefits, according to Rullo. Salley was promoted to police chief in Boswell Borough in March.

"He has already delivered his equipment, his badge," Rullo said.

Borough council members voted unanimously to hire Sgt. Rodney Norman as officer-in-charge, on the recommendation of Mayor Troy Glotfelty. He will be paid $14.53 per hour, the contract rate for the position, according to Claycomb.

"He has some years in it, and he's pretty knowledgeable of everything," Glotfelty said.

Norman was a part-time officer. Glotfelty declined comment on why he did not recommend Officer Michele Piscitella for the post. She was the only other full-time officer.

Council members also made a motion to shorten Officer Richard Brant's 12-month probationary period by one month. Brant is a part-time officer.

None of the officers were present during the meeting.

In 2008 borough police Chief Rodger Hutzell was placed on an administrative leave of absence for an early retirement. He was paid $2,800 per month for 13 months through the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs Police Pension Plan. Boroughs pay into the plan for full-time employees.

During the meeting council members also voted to replace a 2004 police car with a new car for $24,105.