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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Council appoints acting Lt.

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    HONESDALE - The Police Department has a new acting lieutenant.
    Council held a special meeting Thursday, voting to rescind a Nov. 11, 2013 motion that appointed Sean LeStrange as the acting lieutenant.
    Council voted to fill the position with the appointment of Robert Langman, who had been an acting sergeant.
    The appointment goes immediately into effect.
    LeStrange is now a sergeant.
    Both votes passed 6-0.
    Voting in favor were James Brennan, Bill Canfield, Scott Smith, Robert Jennings, Juanita Pisano and Harry DeVrieze.
    Dan Barnes was participating via phone but was disconnected at the time of the vote.
    The action was taken after LeStrange submitted a letter Aug. 18 asking for his name to be removed from the list of candidates for the lieutenant's position.
    "I am no longer interested," the two-sentence letter states.
    LeStrange did not say in the letter why he no longer wanted the position. He was not at the meeting Thursday and couldn't be reached.
    Council hopes to soon appoint a permanent lieutenant.
    There are two candidates: Langman and officer Keith Columbo.
    Council voted 6-0 to have the Lackawanna College Police Academy administer an oral test to the two candidates and then provide a recommendation.
    The cost for the borough to cover the examinations will not exceed $450, council said.
    Borough Civil Service Commission member William McAllister said the commission had preauthorized Lackawanna's police academy as the administer of the exams.
    Page 2 of 2 - Mayor Jack Bishop said he hopes Lackawanna "steps up" quickly so the borough can make an appointment.
    LeStrange is a 13-year member of the police force, while Langman has served for 10 years.
    Langman, in addition to his time in Honesdale, has served as an officer in Wilkes-Barre Township in Luzerne County, as well as Scott Township and Blakely Borough in Lackawanna County.

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