Former Exeter Cop Galli Seeks Council Seat

February 25, 2019
Former Exeter Cop Galli Seeks Council Seat

Twice fired from the borough police force, Len Galli will seek a seat on Exeter borough council this year.

Galli, 51, is running as a Democrat. Four Exeter council seats will be on the ballot for the May 21 primary and the Nov. 5 municipal election.

Galli, an Exeter native, owns and operates a martial arts studio and a firearms training and safety business, both based in the borough.

He served as a police officer for more than 30 years. The last few years were tumultuous.

Exeter borough council fired Galli twice, once in 2014 and again in 2017. In both cases, the borough alleged that Galli misused his borough-issued work computer while on duty.

The first time, a labor arbitrator ruled that his termination was not justified and Galli returned to work. After Galli appealed his second termination, an arbitrator ruled it was justified.

If Galli wins a council seat, he might wind up serving alongside people who voted to terminate his employment with the borough. The seats held by three council members who voted to fire Galli — Betty Ann DeRoberto, Larry Dellegrotto and Joseph Esposito — will be on the ballot this year.

Incumbent John Morgan, who voted against firing Galli, has announced that he will seek re-election.

Galli said he has applied to several municipal police departments in hopes of resuming his law enforcement career. However, he has no intention of trying to regain his job on the Exeter police force.

“At this point, I am beyond that,” he said Sunday.

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