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Court Rules Macungie Mayor is in Charge of Police Department

Lehigh County Judge Michele Varricchio said ruling was based strictly on PA laws. DA Jim Martin may appeal.

Lehigh County Judge Michele Varricchio ruled on Sept. 15 that Macungie is, indeed, in charge of the Macungie Police, as is specified in Pennsylvania's Borough Code. 

As a result, Hoffman is entitled to have a key to the police department offices, according to a Morning Call report.

Varricchio said the code "straightforwardly establishes the mayor as the final authority as to the chief of police and the police force," the report said.

The issue of who is in charge of the Macungie Police Department has been disputed since the mayor took office in January 2010 and has cost the borough thousands of dollars to defend itself. It has also divided the community as allegations were hurled from both directions, and culminated in Hoffman suspending Police Chief Edward Harry in March 2010. 

Varricchio said Macungie Borough Council was correct in reinstating Harry and overturning the mayor's suspension order.

Varricchio also said her ruling was based "solely on applicable law," and that "Charachter, ego, intention, allegations or management style are not factors in this court's decision," the report said. 

Howard R.Bachman,Jr. September 16, 2011 at 07:13 PM
It's about time the mayor shows who's the boss and stop nailing the truckers going though town and put the cops in their place-they are to ticket happy in that town--great job mayor !!
atthebeach September 17, 2011 at 02:29 AM
This may never had come to this had the Borough Council and Chief of Police showed Mayor Hoffman respect. Hooray for Mayor Hoffman.
Robert Sentner September 17, 2011 at 11:51 AM
the sad fact is, Its going to cost all the tax payers $$$$$'s because of this power struggle. and for what ??? a key to the police station. "Charachter, ego, intention, allegations or management style are not factors in this court's decision," Pretty much sums it all up. otherwise its a poor law and the judge had no other way to rule. And as far as ticketing the truckers, I think the new signs have fixed that problem.
Bill Villa September 19, 2011 at 12:47 AM
Read the inconvenient facts on this story ... http://bloggingdottie.blogspot.com/2011/09/its-official-judge-michele-varricchio.html
Mike October 21, 2011 at 09:59 PM
Please send a message to all law enforcement personel that any insubordinate behavior will and I do mean WILL result in termination with no chance of a pension! That means you Harry . hit the road!

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