Morrisville hires new police chief

Posted: January 23, 2014

MORRISVILLE Morrisville hired a police chief Tuesday night, ending more than a year of leaderless turmoil during which a temporary chief quit after two weeks and contended the borough was barreling toward "catastrophe or tragedy."

Council members voted to choose Philadelphia Police Lt. George McClay. Contract details were still being worked out, but the position was advertised at $85,000 to $90,000.

McClay will lead the force in the wake of lawsuits filed by one man who contended his fellow officers harassed him and another who filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission alleging a hostile work environment.

The borough's former mayor had also sued the former police chief and borough manager, contending she was denied access to documents and endured sexist comments and harassment.

Frederick DeVesa, a former New Jersey judge and prosecutor, served as temporary public safety director for two weeks last summer before quitting over the dysfunction.

In a confidential letter to council members, DeVesa raised concerns about officers who may have been hired without proper background checks, worked without supervision, and faced no discipline for "improper" performance.


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