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NORTHUMBERLAND – It was a heated meeting last night in Northumberland regarding the status of Sergeant Cliff Kriner, who was appointed as the new police chief for the borough. The dispute was over whether Kriner should be appointed as “acting” chief or “permanent” chief, following the resignation of Tim Fink, who is moving to Point Township as a patrolman.

Mayor Len Zboray read a statement at last night’s meeting regarding Kriner. He stated, “If you have someone who has qualifications and devotion, why not give them the first option of the promotion. It builds a solid foundation and lets other employees know they have a chance for advancement if they work hard.”

He added, “Sergeant Kriner knows our borough, he knows our citizens and he has knowledge of the ordinances and the laws. He’s well respected and he shows the love I’ve always felt for our borough.”

Zboray left the meeting visibly upset following an executive session. He returned a short time later and a vote was taken, where Kriner was appointed as permanent chief of the borough. Councilmen Adam Klock and Ty Sees said they were not against Kriner being permanent chief, but they wanted to make sure they clearly defined what his role would be, before making it official.

Sergeant Kriner spoke to WKOK following his appointment. He said, “I’m excited to continue on. I have an investment here. I have invested 23 years into the borough and its people and I’d like to continue that in a positive way.” (Ali Stevens/Jillian Lewis)

 

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