|Two weeks in and he's already fucked up. A small town police chief was fired out the cannon after it was revealed he made some offensive remarks about Black people in an email sent to residents of a nearby city.|
The town of Farrell, Pennsylvania had to fire the police chief out the cannon, two weeks into his new job. The town found out that the chief had used a racial slur in an email sent to a group of school administrators in nearby Sharon. They didn't properly vet the guy and now they're doing damage control now that he's been fired out the cannon.
Farell is 15 miles from the city of Youngtown, Ohio. The controversy became a national headline.
The folks over at Raw Story got the story on lock. In the email, the now disgraced police chief said that “N****rs gotta learn how to read.” It was a remark made after he participated in a book drive for the community.
Tom Burke sent the offensive email to around 40 members of parent-teacher organizations connected to elementary schools in Sharon, Pa. He was sworn in on Nov. 17 as chief of police. The offensive email came to light shortly thereafter.
Farrell Mayor Olive McKeithan said that she asked for Burke’s resignation in a meeting on Wednesday.
“I asked him if he would step down because I thought it would be best for the community,” McKeithan told the Sharon Herald. “He said ‘yes.’”
Burke said at his resignation that his intention was never to offend anyone.
About half of Farrell’s residents identify as black. Burke was set to take office at the beginning of 2016. He retired as the police chief of nearby Sharon in 2007.
Although Burke resigned on Wednesday, the city did not make the news public until the weekend due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Michael Ceci, Farrell city manager, told the Herald by phone on Friday that he would never have hired Burke if he’d known about the offensive email.
“He wasn’t set to be on the job until Dec. 1, so we allowed him to resign before he actually was on the job,” Ceci explained.
“(I)f somebody were to ask if we had discovered this e-mail during the interviewing process would we have hired him, the answer would be no,” Ceci said.
“When dealing with the public sector people should expect more from us,” Ceci said. “There is no place in government on any level for this.”