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Ex-city Chief Duffy Fired From W-B Police

October 19, 2017 GMT

WILKES-BARRE — Officer Dan Duffy, vice president of the city police union that has been in a heated battle with department leadership and the mayor, was fired Wednesday. Duffy, a former Scranton police chief who also served as director of the police academy at Lackawanna College, supposedly violated a city harassment policy in an email to city officials about a union matter, said city police Sgt. Phil Myers, president of the Wilkes-Barre Police Benevolent Association. The union provided a copy of the email, sent to Mayor Tony George and City Administrator Ted Wampole, which criticizes the alleged unprofessional and insulting treatment Commander Ron Foy displayed to a rank-and-file union member. Duffy, who did not return a call seeking comment, claimed in the email that Foy wrongly admonished the officer without proper facts and it was part of a troubling pattern. In the email, Duffy begged the mayor to take action against Foy, who he claims is “crushing any organizational spirit” at the behest of Police Chief Marcella Lendacky, with whom the union has clashed since she was appointed in January 2016. Duffy makes it clear several times he was speaking solely as a union leader, which he said entitles him to “equal footing” with management in such communications. Wampole confirmed an officer was fired, but said he could not comment further because it was a personnel matter. Contact the writers: bkalinowski@citizensvoice.com smocarsky@citizensvoice.com