Police chief laid off in Penn Twp. as department undergoes audit

DUNCANNON, Pa. (WHTM) – The police chief has been laid off in Penn Township, Perry County as the department undergoes an audit.

Chief Richard Pickles is out following a 2-1 vote Wednesday night by township supervisors, according to chairman Brian Peters.

The move was due to a personnel issue, but was a mutual agreement between all parties involved and their attorneys, Peters said.

Supervisor Joseph Landis, a retired police officer, has been appointed police administrator to oversee the reorganization and restructuring of the department. With 29 years of service under his belt as an officer, Landis had been the board’s liaison with the police department.

At this time, the department is in the midst of an audit, which Peters said had nothing to do with Pickles. The board felt it was a necessary move given there has never been an audit for the Penn Township department.

Pickles had been chief of police in Penn Township since January 2012.

Prior to that, he was a Harrisburg police detective and a captain, and was chief of the city police for about a month before he retired from the bureau in January 2010.

In 2013, Pickles was charged with DUI in Susquehanna Township.

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