BUTLER TWP. — It appears as if one major obstacle that could have been a sticking point in negotiations between Butler Township and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office regarding a policing contract has been negated.
When the decision to contract out police services was made by the Township Trustees last week, no promises were made for the township police officers and their job security.
That’s no longer the case according to an internal memorandum dated May 13 from Acting Chief Rob Streck to the township police officers.
Streck, who is also Sheriff Phil Plummer’s Chief Deputy, told the officers that Plummer has confirmed that he has “waived all hiring processes besides the back-ground check.”
Streck said officers “will not have to complete a written test, polygraph, physical test, or other Sheriff’s Office pre-employment requirements.”
“I know there are many unanswered questions that have yet to be worked out at the Sheriff’s Office,” said Streck. “We will continue to work as fast as we can with our Union’s and Personnel Office to get every detail ironed out.”
Trustee Nick Brusky, who along with Joe Flanagan, voted to approve the controversial move, lauded the Sheriff’s decision.
“The Sheriff is making good on a condition that the Trustees have requested as part of any service contract, that our hard working officers be given the opportunity to continue their employment with the Sheriff’s Office,” said Brusky. “By reducing expenses, putting more officers on the street, and keeping the officers who already serve the township, the Trustees are taking action to make Butler Township a safer and more affordable community to live.”
Trustee Mike Lang, who was the sole vote against the contract, thanked the Sheriff for his assurances but found fault with the process.
“While I am thankful to the Sheriff for the job security of our officers, this essential issue, and others remaining, should have been worked out prior to now if the interests of our residents were truly at the forefront of this move by my colleagues,” said Lang. “This move to contract out has been made in haste because it will not withstand scrutiny in the light of day.”
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