Officer Joseph Thompson sworn in to full-time position

City Council discusses initiatives for ‘make or break year’ By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times Police Chief Jack Laufer (left) stands with Ofc. Joseph Thompson (right) after Thompson’s swearing in ceremony. COATESVILLE – Officer Joseph Thompson was sworn in to a full-time position at Monday night’s City Council meeting. Previously a part-time officer, Thompson has a combined...

Coatesville unable to make its next payroll

City Council to vote Monday night for  4th time on trust-fund bailout By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times City Council members C. Arvilla Hunt (from left), David C. Collins, and Joseph Hamrick discuss the city’s dwindling finances at a recent meeting. Reviewing Coatesville’s dire financial straits may cause people to feel better about their own income, unless, of course, they...

Third vote to tap Coatesville trust fund fails

Finance director says $2.25 million needed to avert crisis By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Despite the threat of City Hall furloughs, City Council failed to pass an ordinance to withdraw more than $2 million from the city’s trust fund. For the third time in less than a month, Coatesville City Council failed to garner enough votes tonight to transfer more than $2 million from...

Attorney: Police predicted sabotage of chief’s selection

  Opinions vary as to how process will continue with dwindling candidates  By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Councilwoman C. Arvilla Hunt confers with Councilman Jarrell Brazzle during Monday night’s controversial meeting. The attorney representing the Coatesville Police Benevolent Association said today that members of the department predicted that the search committee’s...

City’s police leadership, worsening finances in limbo

Council failed to get enough votes to hire permanent chief – or withdraw reserve funds By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times With his brother, Gary Hudson (from right), holding the bible, Kirby Hudson is sworn in as Coatesville manager by Magisterial District Judge Grover E. Koon. After nearly three hours, Coatesville City Council addressed the agenda items most responsible for...

Bell sworn as interim city police chief

Simpson resigns as council president; city facing $2M deficit By Jamie Richard, Staff Writer, The Times Interim Chief James Bell is sworn in by the Hon. Judge Gregory Hines as Dr. Tonya Thames Taylor serves as witness. COATESVILLE – Interim chief of police James Bell was officially sworn in for duty at Monday’s city council meeting. Bell was named interim chief of police at a council meeting on...

Speeches on transparency can’t mask fiscal woes

Council members continue to pledge reform while police, financial crises roil By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times “The 2012 Police Department budget cuts have been bungled, or worse, thus placing police officers and citizens at increased risk and causing Coatesville’s police officers to declare their lack of confidence in City Council to keep Coatesville safe.” That’s a quote...

Coatesville urged to replace police officers

Council president says part-timers will be hired; former chief recommends full-timers By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times The intersection of 6th and Belmont in Coatesville, where Alex Davis was gunned down Monday night, just three days after a home invasion homicide elsewhere in the city. Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan is arguing that the city lacks enough officers to...

Coatesville terminates its city manager

Gary Rawlings shown the door after 13 months on the job Gary Rawlings, 66, was terminated by Coatesville City Council, which said it didn't believe he was acting in the city's best interests. By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, CoatesvilleTimes.com COATESVILLE — The swift, unanimous vote by City Council at last night’s meeting occurred without comment: After 13 months on the job, City...