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Gary Cordner Announces Run for Macungie Mayor

Primary election to be held May 21

Democrat Gary Cordner, 61, a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Kutztown University, has announced he will run for mayor of Macungie.

Cordner served as a police officer in Ocean City, Md., and as the chief of the St. Michaels, Md., Police Department in the 1970s and 80s, and was a commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, the only national body that accredits police departments.

He was a professor and served as dean of the College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University, and wrote the textbook "Police Administration" which now in its eighth edition. He has studied, taught, and/or practiced policing and police administration his entire adult life.

Cordner is currently a member of Macungie's Civil Service Commission and has lived in the borough for the past five years with his wife AnnMarie and daughter Lera.

Gary Cordner January 25, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Never A Dull Moment, you seem to know a lot more about this than I do, so I guess I will have to study up on it. My understanding is that local police in PA are prohibited from using radar -- am I wrong? As far as commercial vehicle enforcement, most places that's mainly a state function. I would be surprised if most borough residents want their PD driven by revenue generation. I know I don't. I doubt that it's in the oath of office or the official mission statement.
Never A Dull Moment January 26, 2013 at 12:19 AM
When I mentioned radar guns I was including State Police in the equation. That is also a revenue generating tool for the State. Local PDs have other tools at their disposal to achieve the same result. Commercial vehicle enforcement can be done by any Dept. that has the equipment and the properly trained and certified personnel to do it as far as I know. We have, or had, both. In most cases there is some sort of revenue sharing system in place for the fines that are collected. We do not get to keep it all. I do not think most communities do these things solely or primarily to generate revenue.
Never A Dull Moment January 26, 2013 at 12:19 AM
I agree there must be the safety aspect involved. The commercial vehicle items insure that those vehicles passing thru our town are operated by qualified drivers who are not violating hours of service requirements or restricted operation areas such as Main St between Buckeye Rd and Rt 29, are not over loaded, and are in good enough shape to pass a DOT inspection. Those sound like pretty major safety concerns to me. You can routinely see these things being done all over the place as you travel by other PDs. When was the last time you saw the State Police doing any of these things on Main St? We used to do them as well. It seems as though we stopped because our officers are not allowed to sit in any one place for more than a few minutes. That is a terrible reason to lose all that revenue and caused our budget to be greatly out of balance and our taxes to be increased. An even worse reason is to appease a bully Mayor and a few Council members who hate the PD!
Gary Cordner January 26, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Interesting. It sounds like something to talk with the Chief about and also see what the Borough's residents think. I have to admit that truck weight enforcement is not something I tend to associate with small local PDs, and it wouldn't seem efficient to have all of PA's 1000+ local PDs doing it. But if, as you say, it's a safety issue for the Borough, it should be looked into. As far as this thing about sitting in one place for more than a few minutes, I don't have a hangup over that. Police should be attentive and visible, but they don't have to be on the move all the time, in my opinion. Especially not with the cost of gasoline.
Never A Dull Moment January 26, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Not all of the PDs in the State do it. Obviously there has to be an area with sufficient truck traffic and a place to safely allow the officers to perform these checks within their jurisdiction, among other things. We have, or had the portable scales and the properly trained people and everything else in place to do them in the past. I too, want to see the officers sitting on Main St to help keep all motorists aware of the speed limit and have their presence be seen. If the State Police can do it, so can we. They can respond immediately from there to anywhere they may have to go very quickly. Also Gary, I just realized that in my earlier comment I left off a zero in the amount of revenue the PD was generating for the Borough. I believe it was actually over $100K per year. I remember someone at a meeting saying that it cost the budget over $1Million over the next ten years. Thanks for responding. It is nice to have a potential Mayor that you can actually have a decent conversation with.

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