W-B of­fi­cers dis­ci­plined over so­cial me­dia posts

Face­book posts on the po­lice union page were crit­i­cal of the chief and her administration.

The Citizens' Voice - - LOCAL / REGION - BY ERIC MARK STAFF WRITER Con­tact the writer: emark@cit­i­zensvoice.com 570-821-2117

WILKES-BARRE — The lead­ers of the Wilkes-Barre Po­lice Benev­o­lent As­so­ci­a­tion are at odds with city po­lice Chief Mar­cella Len­dacky and her administration. Again. The PBA’s pres­i­dent, Sgt. Phil My­ers, and its vice pres­i­dent, Of­fi­cer Dan Duffy, faced dis­ci­plinary ac­tion for posts on the PBA Face­book page that crit­i­cized Len­dacky and po­lice Com­man­der Ron­ald Foy, My­ers con­firmed Satur­day.

Of­fi­cers of the PBA have crit­i­cized Len­dacky and her lead­er­ship since be­fore Mayor Tony Ge­orge ap­pointed her as po­lice chief in March 2016. My­ers asked Wilkes-Barre city coun­cil last De­cem­ber to in­ves­ti­gate Len­dacky’s administration. Ge­orge has stood firmly be­hind Len­dacky, in­sist­ing he will not re­place her.

My­ers on Satur­day de­clined to pro­vide de­tails about what kind of dis­ci­pline he and Duffy faced, cit­ing pend­ing lit­i­ga­tion. He re­ferred a re­porter to a state­ment posted to the PBA Face­book page Fri­day night.

Ac­cord­ing to that state­ment, My­ers and Duffy re­ceived dis­ci­plinary no­tices from Len­dacky in June based on posts to the PBA Face­book page on April 17 and April 18.

The April 17 post crit­i­cized Foy for chang­ing depart­ment pol­icy re­gard­ing ac­cess to re­port data in the depart­ment’s records sys­tem. Foy is­sued a di­rec­tive that pro­hib­ited of­fi­cers from ac­cess­ing that data, the post stated.

The re­vised pol­icy made of­fi­cers’ jobs more dan­ger­ous, since they would no longer have ac­cess to crime records such as in­for­ma­tion about sus­pects from other of­fi­cers’ cases, the post stated.

The April 18 post stated that Foy or­dered of­fi­cers to omit or re­move in­for­ma­tion from re­ports.

My­ers re­ceived an ad­di­tional dis­ci­plinary no­tice for not pro­vid­ing “pro­tected union in­for­ma­tion” to Foy, ac­cord­ing to the PBA.

Much re­mained un­clear about the mat­ter as of Satur­day, in­clud­ing what kind of dis­ci­pline was meted out to the of­fi­cers, whether they have al­ready served a sus­pen­sion, what mea­sures the PBA will take to ap­peal and why the ac­tion against the of­fi­cers based on events in April just came to light on Fri­day.

My­ers and Duffy were widely ru­mored to have faced sus­pen­sions, but Duffy was listed in court records as the ar­rest­ing of­fi­cer in a felony case in Wilkes-Barre on Fri­day.

The prin­ci­pals in the dis­pute did not shed much light on the mat­ter Fri­day or Satur­day.

Len­dacky did not re­turn mul­ti­ple mes­sages seek­ing com­ment.

Ge­orge said he could not com­ment since it is a per­son­nel is­sue, but said he would be avail­able to re­spond to any state­ments My­ers or Duffy might make.

Duffy could not be reached for com­ment. My­ers said he could not com­ment be­yond the state­ment posted to the PBA Face­book page.

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