Yeadon’s police chief has been sacked to bring a civil action against the borough council

PETE BANNAN – MEDIANEWS GROUP

Anthony Paparo, former Yeadon Police Chief.

Attorney for Yeadon Police Chief Anthony “Chachi” Paparo advised borough officials that a civil suit is about to be served.

On February 17, Yeadon City Council voted 4-3 to fire Paparo, who had served as Yeadon’s police chief since 2018.

Four days later, Harold I. Goodman, Paparo’s attorney, sent a letter to Yeadon Borough Attorney Mark P. Much of Paparo’s intention to file a civil suit against the borough and the four members who voted to fire him – Sharon Council-Harris, Learin Johnson, Carlette Brooks and Tomeka “Taliah” Jones-Waters.

“Please inform each of these four Council members of our intention to prosecute them individually and formally for their roles in the dismissal of Chief Paparo and the events leading up to it,” the letter reads.

Council members Nicole Beaty, LaToya Monroe and Liana Roadcloud were not identified in the letter as council members Paparo intends to personally sue. Beaty, Monroe and Roadcloud had voted against firing Paparo.

Messages left at Much’s office were not returned by Tuesday’s deadline.

Paparo’s dismissal had been a contentious topic for weeks before this one in the borough of 11,000. A Change.org petition titled “Keep Chief Chachi” with more than 1,100 signatures said a new council sworn in on Jan. 3 “has its own agenda to get rid of him because he’s not ‘black’. In addition, he indicated that one of the new members of the council had offered the post of chief to one of his assessors.

Those who supported his firing link it to a potential $387,000 “wage theft” where Paparo overused part-time officers in 2019 and 2020. Paparo previously said he had five full-time officers injured in 2020 and that it had 10 part-time officers. time agents who have undergone training. Training, he thought, was excluded from his part-time hourly limit.

In 2020, he brought officers out with COVID and organized a large march through town, both of which required special attention.

After Paparo’s dismissal, Shawn Burns assumed the title “Officer in Charge”. Burns is also white.

In Goodman’s letter, he also asks Much for the coordinates of the borough’s insurer.

Goodman also asked Much to stay litigation on all emails, text messages, social media posts, memos, memos and reports relating to the decision to fire Paparo and the review and comment on plans to fire him. dismiss, whether by resignation or termination.

Prior to his dismissal, Paparo had received an offer to resign, but he refused.

His lawyer said all applicable documents should not be destroyed and should be retained.

“Please confirm to me in writing that the Borough and each of these four individuals have been notified of this request for a stay of litigation and that they are being complied with,” Goodman wrote.

In addition, Goodman said Paparo should be paid for 560 hours of vacation, 120 hours of compensation, 336 hours of sick leave and 80 hours of compensation owed to him.

“Please confirm that all such payments will be paid in a timely manner,” the attorney wrote.

On Tuesday, Goodman only noted that Much had yet to respond to his letter.

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