SPRINGFIELD TWP. Following an executive session during a Jan. 4 special meeting, the Springfield Township Board of Trustees voted to terminate a member of the township's police force for allegedly working under the influence alcohol.
The board went into executive session to consider disciplinary action on a public employee of the township per the Notice to Conduct and a pre-disciplinary conference was held for Officer Joseph Holsopple. Present in executive session were Holsopple, Charles Wilson of the Fraternal Order of Police, Police Chief David Hoover, the three trustees and Fiscal Officer Sharon Harms.
Once back in regular session, Trustee Dean Young said, "I am concerned for the safety of our community and with zero tolerance of intoxication in these circumstances."
Young then said for reasons given in the notice for a Pre-Disciplinary Conference that the employment of Holsopple be terminated as of Jan. 4. In the notice it was stated that Holsopple had a violation of the township’s drug free workplace and drug and alcohol testing. In or about Dec. 19, 2017, Hoover was approached by two officers indicating that they believed that Holsopple was working while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
After speaking with Captain Carl Blasdel, breathalyzer and urine tests were ordered. It was determined that Holsopple reported to work while unfit for duty, under the influence of alcohol while at work.
In other business:
- A public hearing was set for 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at 6 to consider a map amendment to reclassify vacant land on Killian Road from C-2, Community Commercial District, to I-1, Light Industrial District.
- Harms administered the Oath of Office to Trustees Joe DiLauro and Deborah Davis.
- The board went into a work session to discuss additional information on other matters. The regular meeting resumed with no further action and was adjourned.