School Board Votes To Fire Pittsburgh Public Schools Police Chief
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — After more than 15 years on the job, Pittsburgh Public Schools has fired its police chief.
Robert Fadzen had been on paid administrative leave for the past 11 months, but was let go after the most recent board meeting.
According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Chief Fadzen was fired Wednesday evening at a regularly scheduled board meeting.
He was put on leave last September.
The Post-Gazette reports an 89-page document was released Wednesday citing various instances over several years where Fadzen was warned about overstepping his authority, and that his jurisdiction was limited to school buses, grounds and inside school buildings
Fadzen was put on leave last fall after being accused of pulling over an ambulance in July of 2011 for allegedly driving erratically in a non-emergency situation.
Earlier this year, in January, there was a dismissal hearing that took place over several days, but nothing was determined.
But at Wednesday’s meeting, the school board voted 8-0 with one member abstaining to terminate Fadzen, according to the Post-Gazette.
Fadzen told the Post-Gazette he’s saddened by the school’s decision. He said it was an honor to serve and protect the children during his time as chief.