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County’s Drug Task Force Bolstered with Hiring of Two New Detectives

Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 01:10 AM

Posted by Scott Shindledecker

clarion-county-courthouseCLARION, Pa. (EYT) — The Clarion County Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) got a much-needed boost on Wednesday.

At their bi-weekly meeting, the Clarion County Commissioners approved the hiring of Roger Wright and Frank Wolbert to fill two newly-created, part-time county detective positions.

Wright is a Clarion Borough Police Officer, while Wolbert is a retired Pennsylvania State Police Trooper.

Neither position will exceed 19 hours per week.

Wolbert’s hourly wage is $20.24, and his annual salary will not exceed $20,000.00. His effective work date is January 11, 2018.

Wright’s hourly wage is $17.21, and his annual salary will not exceed $17,000.00. His position starts immediately.

Both detectives will work with the drug task force (CNET) and also conduct other criminal investigations within the county.

They will serve under Clarion County District Attorney Mark Aaron and Clarion County Chief Detective William V. Peck, IV.

The need for more manpower was evident after Peck was named Clarion Borough Police Chief in February.

peck swearing in
(PHOTO: William V. Peck, IV, was sworn in as Clarion Borough Police Chief on February 8)

Peck has been pulling double-duty since being sworn in as the chief of police.

He says the addition of Wolbert and Wright will be a big help.

“I think we’ll be able to get twice as much work done,” said Peck. “Adding two men to the team is huge.”

In addition to the new hirings, Peck explained that continued assistance from other area law enforcement agencies is crucial to the success of CNET.

“I don’t think there has ever been a better relationship in Clarion County,” said Peck.

“The working relationship between the county, local police departments, and the state police is the best it has ever been,” said Peck. “Their help is tremendous.”

Other Personnel Matters:

The county also approved promotions to full-time status for three corrections officers at the county jail – Christopher Magness, Justin Fair, and Ryan Detweiler.

Their hourly wage will be $13.32.

PennDOT Public Meeting:

The commissioners also announced a PennDOT public meeting will be held for the South Leatherwood Bridge Replacement Project at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, at the Porter Township building.

The plans for the work will be displayed at 5:00 p.m. The building is located at 9485 Curllsville Road, New Bethlehem, Pa.

Other Business:

- The commissioners voted to write a letter of support for the Regency Commons to build a senior, 42-apartment complex. The site is located on 5th Avenue.

- The commissioners also approved writing a letter of support for the Clarion Area Robotics Team.

- The commissioners approved using the county park barn as a temporary shelter for abused horses.

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