BROOKVILLE — An emotional Brookville Borough Police Chief Jason Brown submitted his 45 day notice to the town council Tuesday night.
Brown said he had been presented with an opportunity he “could not pass up.” Brown said he will be going to work for the Monroe County, Florida, School District.
“I want to thank the council and the borough for the opportunity to lead this department for the past four years,” he said. “I have strong, mixed, emotions. I am definitely going to miss Brookville.”
Newly elected council president Phil Hynes said, “This was unexpected. I regret that you are moving on. This is, obviously, going to be the biggest agenda item the council will have to face. I wish you good luck with your new endeavor.”
The council accepted Brown’s resignation with regret.
Council vice-president Bill Kutz said that Brown’s greatest accomplishment was the reduction in the amount of drugs in the borough. “You have made Brookville a kinder, gentler place,” he said.
Brown’s last day of employment will be Feb. 16, 2018.
Council has another vacancy to fill. Councilman Ken King won both the two year and four year seat in the November election. Tuesday King chose to fill the four year seat, leaving a vacancy for the two year position.
Borough solicitor Jim Dennison said while there is no set procedure to fill the vacancy, the council will have 30 days to fill the position. If council cannot choose a new member, the vacancy will be turned over to the council vacancy board. If the position is still not filled any member of the borough may petition the Court of Common Pleas to fill the seat.
Councilwoman Karen Allgeier said she would like any interested person to submit a letter of interest to the borough secretary. The council would then review the applications and select the new member.
Letters of interest should be submitted to: Dana Schreckengost, 18 Western Avenue, Suite A, Brookville, Pa. 15825 by Tuesday, Jan. 23.
The council reorganized electing Hynes as the president, Kutz as the vice-president and Allgeier as president pro tempore.
The next meeting of the council will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Borough Complex on Western Avenue.