Former councilwoman Judy Dici submitted a series of questions at the last Ellwood City Council meeting regarding the investigation and research done before eliminating the position of Chief of Police.
At the Monday, May 19 meeting, Dici got her list of answers, but not necessarily the ones that she wanted.
Borough Manager Bob Villella responded to Dici’s questions with the following answer: “The information you have requested is part of the confidential deliberative process a Borough Council is authorized to engage and the Executive Session is such a forum where the general public is not authorized to attend. This information therefore is not part of the public records request.”
Dici was also told that she was welcome to submit a “Right to Know Request” if she would like a copy of the most recently hired part-time officer’s application. She deemed these responses not appropriate answers and suggested that the council be more public with this information.
Jeff Krosovic, an Ellwood City resident who showed concern at the last meeting, agreed that he was just asking to obtain some further information on the matter.
Borough Solicitor Ed Leymarie intervened to say that citizens will be given an explanation at an appropriate time.
Krosovic responded by saying that no one knows what this council is doing because there is no transparency which creates questions about agendas and nepotism.
“I understand you don’t have to tell us anything, but that leads to mistrust from the people out in this city,” Krosovic said.
No further information has been released regarding the chief’s elimination at this date.
The next council meeting will be held on Monday, June 9 for the agenda setting and Monday, June 16 for voting. Both meetings will be held at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building.