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Flanagan Resigns As Police Commissioner Of Wyoming

December 12, 2018 GMT

WYOMING — Michael J. Flanagan resigned as police commissioner of Wyoming Borough, council announced Monday.

Flanagan, 52, of Harding, had been suspended without pay since being arrested in July on theft and other charges.

According to the charges, officers in the Laflin department received notice instructing them to turn in all their gear when that department disbanded in 2014. But officers in Wyoming — where Flanagan was appointed the full-time police commissioner in December 2015 — later reported seeing Laflin equipment at their headquarters. The complaint alleged Flanagan had taken a Taser, a portable radio and a Dell laptop from Laflin during the disbanding.

He pleaded guilty to theft in exchange for prosecutors dropping additional counts of receiving stolen property and tampering with evidence. Flanagan was fined $500 plus court costs.

Officer Max McGuirk handled the day-to-day organization of the department in Flanagan’s absence.

It’s unlikely the borough will appoint another police commissioner, said council president Stephen Nalewajko.

“That’s a big savings in the budget,” he said.

A call to Flanagan was not immediately returned.

In other business, council learned of the resignation of Councilman Mike Flynn.

The resignation had been considered for months and was something he discussed with other council members, he said.

“It’s a personal thing within my family,” Flynn said.

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