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November 23, 2012

Boswell seeking council member, police officers

BOSWELL — Borough officials are looking to fill a vacancy on council and hire part-time police officers.

Councilman Floyd Naugle II has resigned, and Officer Donald Lepley has accepted another job offer, council President Jeff Perigo said.

Lepley was Boswell’s only police officer.

Council had sought to remove Naugle from office on the grounds that he had not attended a meeting since February.

But the state Association of Boroughs said the only way Naugle could be removed from office was to be voted out in a municipal election.

The first-term councilman turned in a two-sentence letter of resignation on Nov. 12, Perigo said.

“I’m glad he did the right thing and now we can get someone in here who can help council by attending meetings,” he said.

Council is looking to fill Naugle’s term, which will expire Dec. 31, 2013.

Borough officials said they will hire one or more police officers to replace Lepley, who recently left for another job.

Council has budgeted 35 hours a week for police protection, Perigo said.

That likely will mean hiring more than one officer, he said.

“We want to ensure we have a person police the borough without having to work around someone’s schedule,” he said. “One guy can’t work those hours.”

Perigo said hiring a police officer takes precedent.

“We want to fill the police position as quickly as possible,” he said.

In the meantime, state police will respond to calls in the borough.

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