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Interim Police Chief Contract Vote Rescheduled for Thursday

An attempt to approve and sign the contract with Capt. Willie Richet Monday night was derailed when only two council members were available to make the special meeting.

Norristown Municipal Council plans to meets Thursday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. in Norristown Municipal Hall, 235 East Airy Street, for a special meeting to approve the contract for interim chief of police. Current Deputy Police Chief Capt. Willie Richet, who is scheduled to retire that, will be filling the position until a permanent replacement can be found.

The meeting was originally scheduled for Monday night, but only Council President Gary Simpson and Councilwoman Linda Christian were able to attend the meeting. As a result, council lacked the four-member quorum needed to take action.

Legal requirements that specify the meeting must be advertised in a newspaper of record with appropriate notice meant that Thursday was the soonest the meeting could be rescheduled for.

The contract doesn't specify a length of service, but according to Municipal Manager Dave Forrest, either party can terminate the contract with 14 days notice. According to the terms of the contract, Capt. Richet will be paid $4,072.80 every two weeks for his term in the position.

The contract will take effect on Friday, March 1. [Editorial note: For more details, you can download a copy of the contract in our PDF section.] 

Both Capt. Richet and current Police Chief Russell Bono are scheduled to retire this Thursday, Feb. 28.

Two public meetings have been scheduled to enlist residents' input into the search process for a new chief of police – Thursday, March 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library at 1001 Powell Street and Thursday, March 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Montgomery County Human Services Center at 1430 DeKalb Street.


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H8TR February 26, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Watch this council. Vote out all da suckas come May. Some members dont even live in Norristown. Have gone to our schools or even relate to our needs. They are just padding resumes and driving our town further into a toilet with the games they have played the last 20+ years. Get informed and vote. Expose these members and the actions they account for.
Sally19401 February 27, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Nice gig if you can get it. I hope this isn't too long. The weekly fee he is being paid is equivalent to $211,785 per year. If we had hired a police chief 6 months ago, they would only be making about $130,000. Please join me in pushing Council to get the position filled. Also - attend the public meetings. Keep in mind Marlon Milner voted yes for this and is up for re-election. Let's hope that we have good candidates running against him!!!!!
Sally19401 February 27, 2013 at 12:25 AM
H8TR - don't just make accusations. Why don't you state who you believe does not live in Norristown. Then we can investigate this.


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