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Officer Suddenly Resigns From Narberth's Six-Man Police Force

The head of the local police union said James Conway left for personal reasons.

Officer James Conway resigned Friday from the six-member , effective immediately, Mayor Tom Grady said.

Conway did not return a call for comment Monday. Gavin Goschinski, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 28, which includes Lower Merion and Narberth, told Patch, "It's my understanding that he resigned for personal reasons."

Asked whether Conway left at his own behest or at the borough's, Grady, the head of the police department, said he could not comment on the personnel matter. Goschinski said the FOP is not considering any legal action against the borough in connection with Conway's departure.

Grady emphasized that residents "will have 100 percent coverage all the time" even with an immediate departure.

"If it requires overtime, we'll use overtime for that," the mayor said.

Narberth had already scheduled an Oct. 1 test for police candidates; Lt. Art Pavoni, the department's highest-ranking uniformed member, is set to retire at year's end.

"We are in the process of hiring one police officer, and now we'll be hiring two," Grady said.

More than 20 people have applied for the Narberth police test, Borough Manager Bill Martin said.

Asked when new officers would be able to join the department, Grady said, "I'm an optimist; I will say Jan. 1. It's become a priority-1."

In April, the Main Line Times reported on Conway getting a commendation from the borough for a burglary arrest in 2010.

Conway and Narberth's three other patrolmen were to earn an average of $71,670 in base salary this year, according to preliminary yearly expenditures posted on the borough's Web site.

Pavoni's 2011 base salary is $98,374, and Sgt. Robert Yantorno's is $83,575.

peter olson September 17, 2011 at 12:07 PM
It might be time to bring in The Lower Merion Police and have them take over can we really afford these cost anymore?
Michael Alexander September 19, 2011 at 05:46 PM
LM wouldn't do it for free, and their costs are probably the same. I'd prefer self-rule.
Jules Beganis September 30, 2011 at 10:26 PM
Just wondering: Is there a curb your dog rule that is enforced? Just watched a man holding a baby by the playground field. He let his big dog defecate several times without picking it up---no bag in site. So I asked him about it, he said he lived across the street (13 or 15 Winsor Ave.), and he would be back...he never came back.... how gross is that right where children walk to get to the field?
justcurious October 02, 2011 at 11:57 PM
Was the dog a Great Dane?
Narberth resident February 09, 2012 at 11:44 PM
They should fire them all. Especially yantorno and pavoni

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