Mo­lice Chief Jones re­tir­ing on Dec. 31

The Advance of Bucks County - - FRONT PAGE - By D.E. Sch­lat­ter

MORRISsIiiE BOROrdH — At the Dec.10 meet­ing, bor­ough coun­cil unan­i­mously voted to “in­vol­un­tar­ily re­tire” Po­lice Chief Jack Jones, who has headed the de­part­ment for nearly 10 years.

Jones, whose con­tract ex­pires Dec. 31, was “in­vol­un­tar­ily re­tired” as a for­mal­ity so that he could im­me­di­ately qual­ify for a pen­sion with­out serv­ing the manda­tory 12 years as chief. In 2013, he would have earned $82,103.

As part of his re­tire­ment, coun­cil also voted 5-2 to pro­vide the out­go­ing chief with three years of health ben­e­fits, as is cus­tom­ar­ily af­forded to all rank-and-file Mor­risville po­lice of­fi­cers who re­tire.

Coun­cil­woman Eileen Dreis­bach, who voted against ex­tend­ing the med­i­cal in­surance, said, “I would like to give ev­ery­one health ben­e­fits, but I think that three years is ex­ces­sive.”

Coun­cil­man Todd San­ford sided with Dreis­bach.

Mean­while, Coun­cil­man sic­tor Cicero, who also has served as bor­ough po­lice chief, said, “I would like to thank Jack Jones for do­ing a good job, he was a friend and col­league, and I hope he en­joys his re­tire­ment.”

Bor­ough man­ager Tom Bates, who said that he has cof­fee ev­ery morn­ing with the po­lice chief, added, “He has done a great job.”

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