Pamela Sroka-Holzmann at the Express Times brings us some encouraging news on regional policing:
Borough council on Monday unanimously agreed to negotiate a contract for police coverage from the Colonial Regional Police Department.
Borough council wants to move forward on a three-year contract with Colonial Regional. A committee including councilmen Jack Herbst, William Matz, Daniel Chiavaroli and secretary Paul Kokolus will negotiate the deal.
Mayor Fred Daugherty Jr. recommended last week that the borough start negotiating with the force:
“I would like to thank council for acting on the recommendation I made,” Daugherty said. “This is not something I just jumped into. … “If it’s unpopular, with certain folks, so be it. I’m willing to live with that, I am doing the job I was elected to do.”
That’s exactly the right attitude for politicians to have. Not every good policy is going to be popular, and it’s no fun to cast votes that make a lot of people want to yell at you, but politicians can always choose to do the right thing and take the heat for it. Good on Fred Daugherty and Borough Council for taking the plunge together unanimously.