BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Butler Township Police Chief has announced his retirement effective January 19.
Cresie, in a letter to Township Trustees President Mike Lang, said that “the newly elected political leadership within the township has lost sight of the basic leadership philosophy of making decisions based upon the needs of the residents and the Township.”
He said that the Board of Trustees, which include Nick Brusky and newly elected Joe Flanagan, “is making decisions that negatively affect the entire Township based upon their personal agendas and political expediency.”
Flanagan and Brusky recently joined forces to force Administrator Kim Lapensee to resign with a nine-month severance package that cost the Township $106,000.
“My personal (and professional) ethical standards will not allow me to support their agenda and I will not support their actions with my presence,” Cresie wrote.
Erika Vogel, Acting Township Administrator, said in an email to the Board that the Trustees will meet in executive session following Monday’s meeting to appoint an acting chief.
Busky had no comment when reached by phone late Tuesday afternoon.
“That’s news to me,” he said of Cresie’s retirement.
There will be more on this story in the coming days including reaction from the Trustees and residents.