“Continued association with the cesspool of corruption and misconduct created by the majority of council and its political appointments may subsequently jeopardize my future professional, personal, and political endeavors. Such inappropriate behavior has caused a mass exodus of city personnel, many who carried with them substantial institutional knowledge of the organization."
As a new Coatesville City Manager Paul Janssen first plan was to make the streets of Coatesville safe. To do that he hired Dominick Bellizzie as the Coatesville Chief of Police and doubled he staff of the Coatesville PD.
Former Coatesville City Manager Jean Krack would not fire Chief Bellizzie, Jean Krack had to go.
"City Manager Harry G. Walker III instead chose William H. Matthews, 59, a deputy director of the Police Foundation, a nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C...."
I believe that to the extent that it was possible Harry Walker allowed Richard Legree to control the Coatesville Police Department.
"The candidate who believed he would be named chief at the City Council meeting on Feb. 12, Philadelphia Police Lt. Joel Fitzgerald, 36, said he was "flabbergasted" when he got a call earlier that day saying the job was going to somebody else...."
"Fitzgerald, who works in the city's narcotics strike force, was the top choice of the selection committee.
"Fitzgerald said Walker told him that he was "the number one candidate." Now he thinks that his refusal to hire a longtime political figure was the reason Walker changed his mind.
Walker went to an interview with ( Philadelphia Police Lt. Joel) Fitzgerald earlier this year accompanied by Richard Legree, a city constable, Republican party leader, and a man whose run-ins with the law go back three decades.
'Walker told me he wanted me to bring this guy [Legree] on board,' said Fitzgerald during an interview yesterday. "No way am I going to hire somebody like that guy." Legree's involvement was first reported Sunday in the Daily Local News of Chester County."...
"Carroll said Fitzgerald's selection was derailed by the meeting with Legree."
By Nancy Petersen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
POSTED: March 27, 2007
Chester County District Attorney Joe Carroll yesterday called the process for selecting a new police chief in Coatesville "deceptive."
Under former Coatesville City Manager Harry Walker's watch:
• The Narcotics Division was disbanded and its officers transferred to patrol.
• The bike unit was disbanded.
• The community relations officer was put on regular duty.
• Non-uniformed office staff was laid off. This added to the regular officers duties.
In all 15 Coatesville Police Officers left the 32 person Coatesville Police Force.
Lt. Matt Gordon was described by Joe Carroll as the most knowledgeable narcotics investigator in Chester County.
Joe’s hands were shaking as he said this. I have never before or since seen Chester County District Attorney Joe Carroll as angry as he was that evening:
With Walker and Legree in control we had ONE police officer on duty on Friday and Saturday nights in Coatesville.
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