Police chief resigns in Watsontown

WATSONTOWN — Watsontown’s police chief has decided to retire. After serving with the Watsontown police department for 33-years, he submitted his retirement letter to borough council on Monday. Denise Derr’s last day on the job will be August 31st. Sergeant Rick Faux was appointed acting chief by Mayor David Hontz.


Derr was suspended by Mayor Hontz earlier this year. He then filed a lawsuit against the borough, the mayor and Public Works Director Scott Winters. It was not disclosed why Derr was suspended.


In his retirement letter, Derr said, “I would like to thank President Miller and the citizens of the borough of Watsontown for the privilege and honor of serving as a Watsontown police officer. I have been richly blessed in my career.” (Ali Stevens)




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