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Morrisville to Issue Chief of Police Loudermill Letter at “Special” Meeting Next Week



Morrisville Borough Friday morning announced it has scheduled a special meeting to give its Chief of Police, George McClay a Loudermill letter. 

The meeting is scheduled to take place October 25 7 pm, in council chambers.

Loudermill Letters stem from a United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) finding in 1985 “…that employees with a property interest in their jobs are entitled to certain due process rights prior to termination.”

These rights include oral or written notice of the charges against them, an explanation of the employer’s evidence, and an opportunity to be heard in response to the proposed action. Loudermill rights are applicable in instances when the employee may have a loss of pay, such as suspension, termination, or demotion, the Justices wrote in their 1985 decision.

As recent as 2019, Morrisville went through this process before firing now convicted felon and disgraced Cpl Michael  Pitcher. 

Rumors in recent months have circulated Morrisville sought to “suspend” McClay but this publication could not substantiate those claims with any credible source on the record. He has passionate supporters and detractors in Morrisville. He is a giant of a man and many like to say his size and stature

McClay was hired just under 10 years ago after a mess that involved a federal judge sealing a report in 2014 about an investigation in to the how the police department operated. 

The announcement comes on the heels of now former Mayor Brud Anderson tendering his resignation as of Wednesday. 

The man Anderson beat in 2021, Noel Sperry said Friday morning Council vice-president Helen Hlahol encouraged him to apply for the vacancy. Just one problem, he said, “I cannot apply. I moved to Connecticut.”

McClay has battled publicly with borough officials for years about manpower and hiring more full time officers. He is what is referred to as a “working chief.”

To fulfill the remaining due process requirements, a Loudermill letter will also have to inform the employee of his opportunity for a Loudermill hearing, according to the Pennsylvania Relations Board. 

McClay did not respond to a request for comment on this story.

Credit: Lower Bucks Source

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Morrisville Borough Police Reports: Honda Power Washer, Britton and Stratton Push Mower Stolen and More




Morrisville Police 2024

Retail Theft – 06/11/24 @ 11:34 – Report of a lawn mower stolen on the unit block of S. Lafayette Avenue.  Value:  $200.00

Arrest/Disorderly Conduct/Harassment – 06/11/24 @ 22:05 – A 40 year old female was cited for an incident that occurred at an apartment complex on the 200 block of W. Bridge Street.

Fraud – 06/12/24 @ 10:44 – Report of victim’s bank credit card was used for five charges totaling $177.95.  Card has been cancelled.

Theft from Building – 06/12/24 @ 14:35 – Report of a Honda Power Washer and Britton and Stratton Push Mower stolen on the unit block of Chelton Avenue.  Value:  $500.00

Retail Theft – 06/13/24 @ 07:13 – Report of miscellaneous items stolen from Giant Food Store.  Value:   $26.00

Arrest/Disorderly Conduct – 06/13/24 @ 21:45 – A 38 year old female and 36 year old male were cited for a domestic incident that occurred on the 100 block of W. Bridge Street.

Arrest Warrant – 06/14/24 @ 09:56 – A 28 year old male was taken into custody on an arrest warrant from Derry Township Police Department.  Incident occurred on the 500 block of Melvin Avenue.  He was released to their custody.

Warrant/Aggravated Assault – 06/15/24 @ 13:37 – A warrant has been issued for a 38 year old male for an incident that occurred on the 100 block of Robertson Avenue.

Theft from Motor Vehicle – 06/16/24 @ 00:00 – A  Northface Jacket was stolen from a vehicle overnight on the 500 block of Prospect Avenue.  Value:  $100.00

Theft from Motor Vehicle – 06/16/24 @ 11:24 – Report of various items stolen from an unlocked vehicle on the 600 block of Rutland Avenue.  Value:  $600.00

Retail Theft – 06/17/24 @ 16:21 – Report of various items stolen from the Giant Food Store.  Value:  $71.35

Warrant/Retail Theft – 06/17/24 @ 17:40 – A warrant was issued for a 24 year old male for stealing health and beauty products from the Giant Food Store.  Value:  $94.00

Bicycle Theft – 06/17/24 @ 19:28 – Report of a pink NFI bicycle stolen at an apartment complex on the 400 block of Plaza Boulevard.  Value:  $20.00

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Morrisville Borough Manager, Councilman Resign, Interim Mgr & New Police Chief Hired



Tuesday night’s Morrisville Borough Council meeting was filled with comings and goings of officials.

Almost three years to the day when Lower Bucks Source reported Morrisville Borough hired a new manager, Judith Danko turned in her resignation Tuesday.

She was hired months after the tragic passing of Scott Mitchell.

Her resignation is effective as of June 22nd.

Judith Darko
Credit: Kutztown Borough

Danko, whose salary was prorated upon hire, according to borough documents obtained through an open records request, was paid $135 K annually with a performance review clause.  If approved by council, that will bring her yearly salary to $140,000.00 annually. When hired,  she declined to answer question related to traveling back and forth from Morrisville to her home in the Bethlehem area.  A Lower Bucks Source 2021 open records request of her contract did not spell out the specifics of a pay-back plan for the cash strapped municipality at the time.

The Bucks County Courier Times, around the time budget discussions were ramping up, reported the borough paid for Danko’s  hotel stays and Pennsylvania Turnpike fees.

She brought with her  has over 20 years of borough management experience serving Slatington Borough (2017-2018), Freemansburg on two separate occasions for a total of 15 years and Bath Borough for just over 7 and 1/2 years when hired. 

Bristol Borough Manager Jim Dillon agreed to temporarily take on an interim role in Morrisville as he maintains his fulltime duties in Bristol Borough.  Both boroughs are similar in population size.

Dillon did not respond to a request for comment Thursday morning.

Morrisville Borough Council President Helen Hlahol, at Tuesday night’s meeting, thanked Bristol for allowing Dillon to help.

Council also approved the hiring of Richard Ciampa as the new Chief of Police.

In recent weeks, then Officer in Charge William Smith, turned down offers from Morrisville to lead the police department sources told this publication.

The borough terminated former Chief George McClay late last year. 

Credit: YouTube Screen Shot

McClay told he reached an agreement with Morrisville for $200 K as  part of  a termination settlement, last month.

Councilman John Vitarelli’s submitted his letter of resignation as third ward councilman  effective June 18, 2024.

The borough is currently taking applications to fill the vacancy.

Mayor Gary Wallace did not immediately respond to requests for comment on this story Thursday morning.

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Morrisville Police Seek Help Finding “Run Away” Teen






On June 12, 2024 at approximately 1700 hours, Ricardo Harding, age 15, ran away from home on the 400 block of Hillcrest Ave. He was last seen at the McDonalds on W. Trenton Ave. wearing a black Champion shirt and grey shorts. He is about 5 feet 1 inches 100 pounds with short black hair. He has light brown skin and brown eyes. He has no cell phone or any other form of communication with him.

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Ricardo, please contact  or call 215-295-8111.

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