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I-Team: Wilkes-Barre Police Department What’s Next

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) After a scathing report by the Police Chiefs Association on the Wilkes-Barre Police department, many people are wondering what is next.  The chief Marcella Lendacky will retire and the Mayor says changes are coming.  The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick has our story,

Mayor Tony George is standing by his police chief despite a scathing report that questions her leadership abilities and blames her for many of the ills that have plagued the department for the past two years. George says he will follow a recommendation made by the report and appoint a new chief…

” Change is always available it’s never too late to have change.” the Mayor told Eyewitness News

The mayor has the final say in what process will be used to select the new chief. At the end of the day, the new chief needs his final blessing. The President of the Police Union thinks the evaluation of the department should be a wake-up call to the mayor.

“So we’re happy that now there will be greater consideration given to the Pennsylvania benevolent association from the administration,” said Sgt Phil Myers.

“Definitely opening true communication between both the pba and the administration and we look forward to moving forward.” He added 

Councilman Mike Belusko also wants more voices to be heard in the selection of the new chief..

“The Mayor of course has the ultimate say but I think he should allow council members to be part of the process. We have to begin to mend  fences in the police department.”

The mayor told the I-Team he has not yet decided on how the new chief will be chosen…

“Right now we are evaluating and restructuring the department so we’ll focus on that and we will move forward with a new administration.”

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