Hackert resigns; Hammerstone serving as acting chief
Barry Hackert’s 10-year tenure as chief of the North Wales Police Department ended Tuesday night.
Without discussion, borough council voted unanimously to accept his letter of resignation.
Council held the vote, not listed on the meeting agenda, immediately after completing the Pledge of Allegiance. Hackert was not in the room.
During the public comment segment of the meeting, council President Mike McDonald thanked Hackert for his years of service to the borough and wished him well “for the next phase of his life.”
Terry Hammerstone, in his second month leading the police department, is currently serving as its acting chief, according to Mayor Doug ooss.
A 21-year employee of the municipality, Hackert had been suspended since JanuDUy. HRwHvHU, ERURuJK RIfi- cials have declined to comment on the nature of that suspension.
In December, Hackert reportedly struck the head of security at a resort in the Poconos on Dec. 30 2012, according to Matthew Kuzma, chief of the Kidder Township Police Department.
He said police responded to the Split oock oesort on Dec. 30 after the incident.
Criminal charges were nRW fiOHG DJDLnsW HDFNHUW EHcause the employee Hackert is accused of striking did not wish to pursue them, according to an email message from Kuzma.
In August 2009, Hackert pleaded guilty to three summary disorderly conduct offenses in Bucks County and served a six-month administrative leave.
The plea originated from a May 18, 2008, incident in Telford, according to information posted on PennsyOvDnLD’s 8nLfiHG -uGLFLDO Website Portal.
Hackert engaged in “violent and tumultuous behavior” outside his home dur- ing “an altercation” in the 700 block of Wexford Way, DFFRUGLnJ WR D nRn-WUDIfiF citation obtained from the court of District Judge Charles Baum, in Perkasie.
As part of reinstatement, borough council crafted a letter of condition for his return. Those conditions included requiring Hackert to seek personal help for his situation and to not “violate any local, state or federal statutes in the future,” according to Mark Tarlecki, a member of borough council and its president during the episode, and former Solicitor David Truelove.
HDFNHUW KDG RIfiFLDOOy served as the borough’s police chief since lctober 2003. He served the previous 4½ years as the acting chief, according to newspaper archives.
Hackert — who joined the department in 1992 — was made acting chief after his predecessor, Peter l. Paul, was removed from the position.
Barry hackert at a North Wales Borough Council meeting.
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