Allegations against Pine Grove police chief reversed

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PINE GROVE - Pine Grove borough's new mayor has been in office for less than two weeks and is already a busy man. After taking office Jan. 6, Mayor Will Shiffer conducted an investigation of unspecified wrong doings alleged by the borough's former mayor, Kim Brown-Zerbe, against Police Chief Thomas Trotter.

Council unanimously agreed Jan. 16 that the allegations against the chief were baseless and overturned the former mayor's disciplinary action. Council also agreed Trotter would be reimbursed for any lost pay, an action, according to the council's new president, Scott Zimmerman, that was not requested by the chief.

Former Mayor Brown-Zerbe had suspended Chief Trotter on Dec. 10 without pay. Following a 1-1/2 hour executive session at the Dec. 19 council meeting, council had re-affirmed the mayor's decision, but had voted to reinstate Trotter pending a new investigation.

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