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North Wales Residents, Business Owners Voice Support of Hackert

Residents and business owners Tuesday night told North Wales Borough council why they support and appreciate suspended police Chief Barry Hackert

While North Wales Chief Barry Hackert remains on suspension — the reason not disclosed by the borough — residents, business owners and local organizations expressed their support of him to North Wales Borough Council Tuesday night.

In a report by Bradley Schlegel of The Reporter, seven people showed up at the meeting to voice how much Hackert means to them.

Resident Donna Mengel said, “I hope nothing untoward happens” to Hackert, according to the article. “Barry has become … a very good chief over his 21 years of service.”

Another resident, Richard Tibberino, told council Hackert helped his son find a job. Another resident said he could “count on Barry to handle” a problem, according to the article.

Resident Herb Thomas told council to avoid a lawsuit that would “cost us money galore,” according to the article. “We haven’t one (a lawsuit) yet.”

Thomas said, according to Schlegel, that council should stop pursuing the matter, as Hackert did not violate any local, state or federal laws as per his letter of condition of return in 2009, following a six-month administrative leave.

Council President Mike McDonald told the audience that Hackert “deserves respect”

After Tuesday’s meeting, council held an executive session about Hackert, and Hackert was present, Schelgel reported.

Schelgel reported that Hackert was involved in an alleged assault at Split Rock Resort in the Poconos on Dec. 30, 2012. Hackert allegedly struck the head of a security guard at the resort.

No criminal charges will be filed against Hackert, due to the alleged victim not pressing charges, according to the article.

michael February 14, 2013 at 05:39 PM
another wasted meeting regarding the northwales police chief , fire him now stop wasting time , northwales people dont want him< and any one that would is crazy also , give the man his paper and tell him bye , and take borough manger also he is wasting our money and time will come for all this , if the police chief remains on northwales lets prtest the borough to fire this man
cici February 27, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Obviously. Michael chief hackart has thrown you in jail and lets all hope hammerstone will get you again
michael February 27, 2013 at 01:19 PM
never he is waste of tax payers money and needs to go best news today was he is gone lets hire a new chief out side of the area to clean the mess he left behind. and start with borough manger frist, and all the way down. ,
michael February 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM
now time to fire borough manger , dan h o"connell sr one of borough officialnow that chief decided he could not win his job back wonder why? so now he did the best thing for our town , lets get rid of the next 2 , and you will see a big change around here, place ad for a new chief, and a new manger, time will come and you will all see why? its time to replace these people we have trusted.? they all lost last law suit ? can we afford more coming? they are .
michael March 12, 2013 at 06:16 PM
well northwales police cheif took the leave wish they would of fire this no good person. now what all the people that stood up for this so call police chief, now going to leave the town?? bye best of luck, start packing , not one person will even miss you . all the 3 business owners start packing also because no one will miss you either , the whole northwales police department needs a new chief that wants and will follow tha laws and orth that he took when taking the job, because most of the ones we have now are just here for pay check only, will not up hold any laws. maybe the town would be better off to hire the stae police , to do our town , save us money and help fight the laws , not break them and some get away with it, ,borough manger , please take him with you , he is waste of our tax money and should be fired as well, , where is a code guys, thats right , waste our tax money and send police officers out at 7 at night? why is that? , beware of manger he is just as much like police chief, sly and sneakey, dont trust this man , lets fight and get some new faces on board, and keep northwales safe and better place, and what happen to main street homes people changing there out side homes? all with out permit ? wow must be nice to do that ? keep up the good work manger ? you will be next to go . hire the new police chief out side of our police department , we will all be better off, or get the state in here

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