Wilkes-Barre Chief of Police Marcella Lendacky announces formal retirement


UPDATE 3:43 PM: Mayor Anthony George received a letter from Chief of Police Marcella Lendacky notifying him of her intention to formally retire from the Wilkes-Barre Police Department as of June 3rd, 2018. Chief Lendacky has served with the various capacities for over 29 years.

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)–Councilwoman Beth Gilbert is calling for Chief Marcella Lendacky and Commander Ron Foy to resign. 

“While I cannot comment too specifically regarding the specifics within the report, the findings within the report did state that both Chief Lendacky and Commander Foy are lacking qualifications and effective leadership to lead our police department. This was backed by statements from police leadership, police officers, the PBA, and city officials, including myself,” Gilbert said in her statement.

Chief Lendacky told Lead I-Team Reporter Andy Mehalshick that she had no comment. 

Sources also tell Andy Mehalshick that Lendacky may announce her retirement within the next 48 hours.

“I am hoping that both Lendacky and Foy see their shortcomings and agree to step down over the next few days so that new, more effective, and qualified leadership can take over. I look forward to a new beginning for our police department,” Gilbert said in her statement. 

Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George will be putting out a statement later today. 

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