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Honesdale Council approves police contract

March 12, 2014

HONESDALE, PA — The Honesdale Borough Council approved a contract for the Honesdale Police Department that stretches over seven years, at its meeting on March 10. For the first two years, the pay increase is 3.0%, then it rises to 3.25% and after five years increases to 3.5%. The contract must now be approved by the union.

The vote was five to two, with councilmembers Robert Jennings and Juanita Pisano voting against the contract. Jennings said he feared the borough would not be able to afford the increase, and noted that the contract negotiated for a school district in the region had increases in the range 2.0%.

In a related matter, councilmember Bill Canfield moved to appoint former acting police chief Ronald Kominski back into the same office. Kominski is still involved in a legal dispute over the previous board’s handling of a complaint against him, and the case is scheduled to go to trial in May.

He was not chosen to become chief when the previous chief left his job; instead the board hired former FBI officer Rick Southerton to become police commissioner. The board voted four to three not to hire Kominsky as acting police chief.