Brookville, PA – In a surprise announcement, Brookville Police Chief Jason Brown submitted his resignation at the first Brookville Council meeting of the new year.

Brown is leaving the borough to accept a new position as safety and security coordinator for the Monroe County School District in the Florida Keys. It’s a newly created position there, partly in response to Hurricane Irma.

Brown will be the liaison for the school district with the police, fire, and other emergency crews. The district spans from Key West to Key Largo.

Council accepted Brown’s notice with regret.

In a tearful farewell, Brown said he is leaving with mixed emotions, saying he achieved his goal of making Brookville a better place than what it was when he arrived four years ago.

He said he will miss the many friends he has met and served in the borough, and has the utmost confidence that Brookville’s police and civilian employees will carry on their duties in a highly professional and effective manner.

Brown is 51 years old and previously served at the St. Clair Shores Police Department in Michigan for 25 years.

Brown’s last day is Feb. 16.

Council elected new officers for the year, with Phil Hynes appointed President and Bill Kutz, Vice President.  Karen Allgeier was appointed President Pro-Tem.

Council also accepted Ken King’s resignation from his two-year seat. King won a four-year and a two-year seat in the general election and chose to keep the four-year seat. Council now needs to fill the two-year seat within 30 days and has asked for letters of application to be sent by regular mail to borough Manager Dana Shick at the borough office at 18 Western Avenue, Suite A in Brookville. Council said it hopes to fill the seat at its next meeting in two weeks.

Council welcomed its newest elected member Rick Baughman to his first meeting. Baughman had been sworn in earlier in the day at the courthouse, with Mayor Dick Beck doing the honors for Kutz and King at the council meeting.

Council also reappointed Kutz to a new term on the borough planning commission; Judi Anthony to new terms on the Zoning Hearing, Police Civil Service and Council Vacancy boards; and Cindy Trumbull to the Shade Tree Commission.  Council will advertise to fill a seat on the Code Enforcement Appeals Board.

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