Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Dormont Sgt. Michael Bisignani will be sworn in as chief on March 3.
Dormont is saying goodbye to one police chief, but will welcome a familiar face to the position. Dormont Council on Monday hired current Dormont police Sgt. Michael Bisignani to fill the position of chief, at a salary of $90,492.42. The position is currently held by police Chief Phil Ross, who has served in the Dormont police department for 29 years and plans to retire on March 3. Bisignani will be sworn in as chief that day. Bisignani said his experience serving as a Dormont police sergeant will be an advantage to him in his new position. “Dormont is a unique town,” he said. “We’re considered a suburb, but our population makes us almost like a small city. And we share a border with the City of Pittsburgh. That brings a unique challenge …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Dormont Council plans to vote today to hire Sgt. Michael Bisignani as the borough's new police chief.
The Dormont Council meeting agenda for today, Feb. 4, includes a vote to hire a new borough police chief. Council plans to vote on hiring current Dormont police Sgt. Michael Bisignani for the position of Chief at a salary of $90,492.42. Chief Phil Ross announced last fall that he planned to retire early in 2013. The full two-part agenda is attached to this article in PDF format. It also is available on the Dormont Borough website. Dormont Council meets today, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in the council chamber at Dormont Municipal Center. Follow Dormont-Brookline Patch on Facebook and Twitter. For more news, sign up for our email Newsletter.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Several cars were the target of vandalism this weekend.
Seven cars were targets of vandalism in Dormont over the weekend. Five cars in the 2600 block of Voelkel Avenue and two cars, one each in the 2700 and 2800 block of Connecticut Avenue, had slashed or punctured tires. A Voelkel Avenue resident contacted Dormont police on Saturday evening, Aug. 25, to report the vandalism. Police Chief Phil Ross said that when officers arrived, they noticed several cars on the street had damaged tires. Connecticut Avenue residents made similar reports the same evening. All of the damage occurred late Friday night or early Saturday morning. Ross said the incident seems to be an act of random vandalism, and that the police do not yet have suspect information, and no witnesses have come forward. Those with …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Dormont Police Chief Phil Ross plans to retire this year.
Dormont Police Chief Phil Ross plans to retire this year. Dormont Council President Bill McCartney made the announcement at Monday evening's council meeting. Ross said his retirement date has not been set yet, but that he expects to retire on or around Jan. 1. More information will be released at a later date, Ross said. Follow Dormont-Brookline Patch on Facebook and Twitter. For more news, sign up for our email Newsletter.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Mayor Lloyd said he hopes this will alleviate worry about parking on street sweeping days.
Mayor Tom Lloyd and Chief Phil Ross again have the ability to dismiss parking tickets, and they’re hoping it will alleviate some worry about the new parking system on street sweeping days. Dormont Council voted Monday night to temporarily stop enforcing Ordinance No. 1588. The law was voted on by the previous council in September, and took away the ability of the mayor and police chief to forgive parking tickets that had been issued. In addition, Councilwoman Joan Hodson said she wants to schedule time to talk with the police and fire departments about the new parking system put in place for street sweeping days. “It’s only been in place for one month and I know there have been a few issues,” Hodson said. “If we can schedule some time to …
Monday, January 30, 2012
Dormont police are investigating a window smashing at Triangle Audio and Video, but have no new information at this time.
Dormont police are investigating a window smashing incident at Triangle Audio and Video, but have little to go on and no new information at this time. A front window of Triangle Audio and Video on West Liberty Avenue was smashed Sunday around 11 p.m. Dormont police Chief Phil Ross said police don't have much information about the incident yet, but that it appears to be a case of vandalism. "We don't have a whole lot more than that," Ross said. "It appeared pretty much that it was done by a BB gun or a pellet gun." Ross said police reviewed surveillance footage from outside the store, and that there was no one standing or walking in front of the window when it collapsed. The damage likely was caused by someone driving by, or possibly by …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Sgt. Phil Ross was reinstated as Dormont police chief at Tuesday's meeting.
Effective immediately, Dormont police Sgt. Phil Ross is the chief of the Dormont Police Department, according to Dormont council members. In a move made by Councilwoman Onnie Costanzo, who was sworn in at Tuesday evening’s council meeting, council added a motion to the agenda to immediately withdraw the borough’s appeal of the civil service commission’s July 26 decision to reinstate Phil Ross to the position of chief. The demotion was unlawful and unwarranted, the motion read. The motion passed by a 5-1 vote, effectively withdrawing the borough’s lawsuit and potentially reinstating Ross as police chief. Councilwoman Valerie Martino, who also was sworn in Tuesday evening, abstained from the vote. Councilwoman Laurie Malka voted against the …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Mayor Tom Lloyd suggested Phil Ross be appointed to the position of police chief, and explains why.
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Thursday, December 29, 2011
Amid discussion of the content of Dormont Council’s special meeting agenda, Mayor Tom Lloyd addressed a rumor about the vacant police chief position that has been circulating—that he suggested Sgt. Phil Ross be the one to fill it. That’s true, Lloyd said, and he explained why he thought the former police chief—who was demoted to sergeant and then to patrolman this past summer—should be the one appointed to the position left vacant when interim Chief Richard Dwyer left on Dec. 14. “I made the suggestion because at the time, there were three sergeants that were sworn in on the same night,” Lloyd said. “How do you determine who’s the senior sergeant? They were sworn in at the same time.” Since Ross already was being paid as a sergeant, Lloyd …
Here are the top 10 stories on the site from the past year.
Today—Dec. 29—marks the official one-year anniversary of Dormont-Brookline Patch! The site launched one year ago today and began providing coverage of local events, news and government issues. It’s been quite a year! We’re excited to provide you with even more of the information you need to know about Dormont and Brookline in the next year. In honor of the anniversary, here are the top 10 most-read stories of the past year: Also, don’t forget to vote in the poll we posted yesterday! What kind of stories do you want to see on Patch in the next year? Features? Crime? Government? Let us know!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Dwyer's last day of service will be Dec. 14.
Richard Dwyer, who was appointed as interim administrative acting police chief by Dormont Council in July, has resigned. "It's just my time to go," Dwyer said Wednesday morning. Dwyer said that he hand-delivered the resignation letter to council members and Mayor Tom Lloyd yesterday about 4 p.m. Council Vice President Laurie Malka confirmed Tuesday night that the resignation is effective Dec. 30, although his last day in the office will be Dec. 14. When council appointed Dwyer in June, he was told he might be needed for a three-to-six month period to help ease tensions between the administration and borough police. What Dwyer found was a political atmosphere where he said he felt undermined by Lloyd and antagonized by residents. "The …