I believe that with Mr. Rawlings as Coatesville City Manager the tail (city workers) is wagging the dog (city manager). When Harry Walker was Coatesville City Manager the dog was dead. During the Walker Administration the Coatesville Police Department was cut in half, the narcotics unit closed and investigations halted. The Coatesville PD became a reaction force.
In an attempt to balance the city budget, Coatesville's present City Manager Gary Rawlings intends to reduce the Police Department by at least 10 officers. The civilian support staff is already gone forcing some officers off of patrol.
Former District Attorney Joe Carroll said. “The police department in Coatesville is understaffed and overworked, and has been for many years.” District Attorney Tom Hogan said, “Coatesville needs a strong and fully staffed police department.”
If the drug business is “good again” and the frequency of store robberies and shootings in Coatesville goes up because Mr. Rawlings reduced the effectiveness of the Coatesville PD Coatesville may become a place to leave. Development coming west from the Philadelphia area and development coming east from the Lancaster York area might skip over the City of Coatesville. We need to make Coatesville a place people want to be. To make it a self supporting thriving community with a good tax income such as Phoenixville, PA
What a city manager of Coatesville should be doing is making Coatesville an attractive place to live and invest in. Tax income for EXPANDING the Coatesville Police Department, Fire Department and other city services will come from the increase in property values. Chester County and the Coatesville School District would also benefit from a vibrant self-supporting Coatesville.
We need to re-start in Coatesville with fresh ideas and we need a new city manager who GETS THINGS DONE.