The special legal counsel hired to conduct an investigation into allegations that Monroeville's 911 dispatch center released proprietary information in violation of federal law has completed the probe, the municipal manager announced Tuesday night.
Manager Lynette McKinney said representatives from Dickie McCamey & Chilcote, the law firm hired by the municipality to handle the investigation, will present its findings during a meeting with council next Thursday.
Council also voted to use $35,000 designated for the salary of the assistant police chief to pay the bill from the investigation, which was conducted at the behest of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The assistant chief position has been vacant since former Chief Doug Cole was demoted to sergeant and assistant police Chief Steven Pascarella was promoted to chief.
In other Monroeville news, Councilman Bernhard Erb, who won the Republican nomination for mayor in April's primary election, has withdrawn from the race.
In a news release announcing his withdrawal, Mr. Erb expressed his "frustration ... with the derisive nature of local politics."
He said after Tuesday night's meeting that he was "honored and humbled" by the support he received but said it wouldn't be beneficial for him to be mayor at this point.
Mr. Erb said he plans to step back from politics and allow Monroeville's Republican party to take the lead.
"If I choose to run again, I'll run on my own terms, not because people want me to," he said.
Raymond Jozwiak, a member of the Republican Committee of Monroeville, said members will meet and vote on a GOP mayoral nominee for the November general election. That person will face Democrat Gregory Erosenko.
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