Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Fred Lahovski Settles With Nazareth
This prediction has been proven accurate.
I delayed writing about this because I had no desire to interfere with the settlement of Officer Fred Lahovski's claim against Nazareth. As reported in The Morning Call, Nazareth is paying him $440,000. Another $60,000 will be paid for a claim brought by Connie McGinness.
While $440,000 is not quite Drop Dead money, it should pay Lahovski's fuel bills this winter. And he will no longer be forced to work in a hostile environment with a Mayor, Borough Council Chief and Deputy Chief out to get him.
Nazareth has also parted ways with part-time police officer Dan Troxell, who is perhaps the dumbest cop I ever saw. He's been paid $0. His antics are responsible for the botched Sticker Gate prosecution. He has also been sued in the wrongful death of Timothy Nixon, a gentle but mentally distressed soul who killed himself when Troxell kicked in the door to his apartment building.Nazareth is trying to pursue an appeal on qualified immunity in the Third Circuit, but it seems unlikely that it will be permitted.
Troxell is no longer on the schedule or roster. For years, Chief Thomas Trachta tried to get him a spot on the force as a full-time officer, but that dream has been dashed.
In the meantime, the police department is still a mess. A police management study performed by the state Department of Community and Economic Development makes very clear that there are too many chiefs. Trachta, Deputy Chief Randy Miller, Borough Council and the Mayor all think they are in charge and overrule each other.
The only solution is to merge Nazareth's police force with Colonial Regional, as should have been done many years ago.