The Morrisville Borough Council will vote on the hiring of law firm for an “internal investigation” at tonight’s meeting according to the public agenda.
Council will vote on whether to approve the hiring by the borough of Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys at Law at the rate of $225 per hour the public document reads to complete an investigation officials have said little about throughout Monday.
The firms website says it specializes in representing Pennsylvania political subdivisions, municipal authorities, zoning hearing boards, civil service commissions, and school districts among others for over 70 years.
Borough Manager Scott Mitchell said he was unable to comment on the specifics “because its an internal borough matter.”
“We don’s see this as a long term commitment” he said in response to questions about potential costs to the cash strapped municipality.
Mitchell upon further queries, would not say why the investigation is needed, nor would he say who or what’s to be investigated, referring back to his “internal matter” comment.
Multiple sources have told Lower Bucks Source it involves the “Police Department,” without providing specificity. Rumblings have been on going now since January, in terms of discussions about an investigation, the sources allege.
Borough officials contacted Monday, other than, Mitchell did not return requests for comment prior to story posting.
Additionally the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Police Management study that was scheduled to be revealed tonight is now postponed til April Mitchell said.
DCED made the request in light of current circumstance and we’re hoping to hold the presentation at April Council Agenda meeting, he said.
Council will also vote on hiring a part-time police officer, who worked for the police department in the past- Kyle Areias- Mitchell said.
In other news, last week a continuance was granted by Judge Brian T. McGuffin for the jury trial of suspended Police Cpl. Michael Pitcher to May 4th, according to online public documents. Another new date being is a strong possibility in light of trial delays due to the COVID-19 outbreak and response at the Court of Common Pleas.
Tonight’s Council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 pm in the Municipal building