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Beaver Meadow's police chief to be laid off

Published December 15. 2011 05:01PM

Beaver Meadows borough's 2012 budget proposal includes laying off its full-time police chief.

At a meeting held last night borough council voted 4-1 for the budget that includes the laying off Chief Michael Morresi.

Morresi filed suit in Carbon County court on Nov. 3 against the borough, claiming it has not lived up to a contract he signed in becoming police chief.

In his suit Morresi claims the borough has not provided the benefits he is entitled to in his employment contract. He is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 plus costs and interest.

The suit states on May 3, 2010, Morresi and the borough entered into a contract in which he agreed to perform the duties of police chief for the borough. In exchange the borough agreed to provide Morresi with specific terms and conditions of employment which are detailed in the suit.

The chief claims the borough has failed to live up to its part of the employment agreement, which is attached to the suit.

Morresi also gained a reputation as being a hard-liner on illegal immigrants. He has had run-ins with federal immigration officials over the arresting of illegals who he later had to release because the federal government refused to prosecute them.

His fighting with the federal agency led to lawmakers to call for an investigation and changes in state and federal laws.

The budget that passed cut the chief's $31,200 base salary while increasing part-time police coverage from $2,800 to $14,976 a year in 2012. The borough currently has two part-time officers. It is not known if Morresi will be a part-time officer.

Morresi will receive his 2011 salary in full, council said.

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