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Chief Dooley Might Split Time Between EW, WEGO

The police chief could lead the Westtown-East Goshen police force until a new chief is installed there.

East Whiteland Police Chief Eugene Dooley might soon be spending more time in East Goshen, according to a report in the Daily Local News. 

Carmen Battavio, East Goshen supervisor and chairman of the Westtown-East Goshen Police Commission, said the officials met Thursday with East Whiteland Police Chief Gene Dooley and other East Whiteland officials to discuss a deal that would name Dooley interim chief of the Westtown-East Goshen Police Department.

The temporary assignment would come amid within Westtown-East Goshen Police Department. Thornbury Township has indicated it will not renew its contract with the regional force when it expires at the end of 2012. 

Twitter user Leo Sinclair pondered the possible implications of Dooley's temporary assignment, asking "First indication that East Goshen Twp plans to merge with East Whiteland Twp Police?"

East Whiteland Township manager Terry Woodman said a merger is not in the cards, writing in an email:

[T]here have been no conversations between EWT and EG about joint policing.  Our only conversation has been about helping out on an interim basis by providing an officer with demonstrated leadership and command experience. 

Earlier this year, East Whiteland contracted one of its two police lieutenants, Mark Ercole, to . At a recent East Whiteland Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Dooley called Ercole "the right man for the job."

Tom Fox August 20, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Pete, thank you for your reporting. was this discussed at the EW township meeting?
Pete Kennedy (Editor) August 20, 2012 at 02:25 PM
It was not discussed at the Aug. 15 East Whiteland supervisors' meeting.
The Matrix August 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM
The residents of East Whiteland should be angry that the Chief and a Lieutnant are now spending either "equal" or more time, respectively, in OTHER townships.
RHoney August 21, 2012 at 02:35 AM
What a Racket!! Sounds like a Cash Cow Scam by the East Whiteland board of Supervisors and Township Manager Terry Woodman. I agree, how can these men be fully dedicated to the citizens of East Whiteland Township. Plus, Malvern Boro's Chief is doing details at his overtime rate in East Whiteland Township. Show's how dedicated he is to the Malvern Boro residents. No cost savings while public safety is put on the back burner.
Leo Sinclair August 27, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Hello Pete, There are so many questions left unanswered. For example, how is the Chief getting paid for taking on additional work? Will both Townships cover his salary? Will he get an increase in salary? (Does he not get a Pension from Philadelphia Police?) Will East Goshen pay some cost to East Whiteland Twp? If so how much? Do the Board of Supervisors of East Goshen feel the Officers of WEGO are inadequate to do their job? Do the Supervisors intent to replaced WEGO Officers by Officers from East Whiteland Twp? Will a Lieutenant from East Whiteland eventually step in as a permanent Chief of WEGO. The same fate as Malvern Police. (Assuming the Department does get dissolved/disbanded by the politicians of East Goshen.) Where's the PRIDE of having an Officer move up in the Ranks of a local Force?

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