Mont Alto Council seeks answers from police chief

March 03, 1997


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

MONT ALTO, Pa. - The Mont Alto Council is threatening disciplinary action against Police Chief Charles Mills unless he hands in police reports for the past two months and answers questions asked by the council last December.

Mills must respond by the next regular council meeting on March 17.

Following an executive session Monday night, council members also appointed James Duble Jr., chairman of the personnel committee, to act as a liaison with Mayor Frank Gilreath to investigate the borough's police department.

Last December, council members sent to Mills by registered mail a list of questions about several concerns brought to their attention by Mont Alto residents.


Mills never responded, they said.

The council's secretary read a petition signed by 68 residents that alleges he lied to council when he gave his police report in May, among other complaints.

The petition calls for "more accountability" and "closer supervision" of Mills' performance.

Mills did not attend the meeting and could not be reached for comment. Mills has an unlisted telephone number.

In his report to council, Gilreath said he was concerned about Saturday night's armed robbery of Frank's Pizza.

Gilreath told council he's losing his patience because the issue with the police chief has not been resolved.

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