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Ex-chief files contempt charges

Published March 04. 2011 05:01PM

Former Police Chief Robert J. Romanick has filed a petition in Schuylkill County court against Rush Township and the township supervisors asking the judge to find them in contempt of court.

The motion is based upon the claim that the township supervisors failed to comply with a court order in which the court determined Romanick is entitled to a statement of charges for his dismissal as chief of police.

Judge John E. Domalakes issued a rule upon the supervisors to show cause why Romanick is not entitled to the relief he is seeking and a hearing will be held on May 3 in the courthouse in Pottsville.

Romanick joined the township police force in 1999 and was promoted to chief in 2005. He was dismissed in 2009.

To sustain a finding of civil contempt the complainant must prove certain distinct elements, that he received a notice of the specific order or decree which is alleged to have disobeyed, and that the supervisors acted with the wrongful interest.

Romanick claims to date the supervisors have not issued a determination of the charges as the court directed.

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