Hack­ert re­signs; Hammerstone serv­ing as act­ing chief

North Penn Life - - Front Page - By Bradley Sch­legel bschlegel@jour­nalregis­ter. com

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.

fiLe Photo By Ge­off Pat­toN

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