The suits, both pending against the borough, were filed during a yearlong period in which Morrisville lacked a police chief. That period should end within the next month when Philadelphia police Lt. George McClay, who was hired Wednesday, begins his role as the next chief.
"I was hoping some of the infighting would be settled before he got there," said Nancy Sherlock, the borough council president. "But certainly, part of his job will be to make sure that things are in order and that policies are followed, and there is no infighting."
Last summer, a temporary chief quit over the turmoil, telling council members that some officers may have been hired without proper background checks, worked without supervision, and faced no discipline for "improper" performance.
McIntyre's lawsuit began as a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and was lodged more than a year ago. The suit was filed in December after a procedural yearlong waiting period. One of McIntyre's attorneys, Edith Pearce, said Wednesday that McIntyre still had "ongoing complaints" about the department, although Pearce declined to elaborate.
Eric Brown, an attorney for the borough's insurance company, said McIntyre's claims are baseless. "We'll aggressively defend the claims," he said. "I believe the suit ultimately will be dismissed."