Two new officers were sworn into the Robinson Township Police Department the same night the Robinson Township Board approved a settlement agreement and general release with another officer.
Carla Swearingen-Batch swore in Officer Tim Nutter and Officer Terry Gensel during the March commissioner’s meeting.
As to the settlement and general release, Commissioner’s President Sam Abatta said the third officer, identified by Badge #49, elected to take retirement, and he wasn’t able to discuss the matter at that moment.
“It’s a little complicated. There’s workers comp issues involved,” Abatta said.
Solicitor Jack Cambest said there was an upcoming hearing and afterward he could be more forthcoming on the name of the officer, the situation involved and the amount of a possible settlement.
The new officers will be paid $36.51 per hour, said Township Manager Frank Piccolino.
Gensel has been a full-time police officer for almost nine years.
He began his career as a part-time officer in Stowe Township, working there from 2014 to 2018.
Gensel has been a full-time patrolman in the Borough of Leetsdale for almost eight years.
Nutter has been a police officer for 30 years. He began his career in Crescent Township as a part-time officer, then he worked in Coraopolis.
For 21 years he was an officer in the City of Pittsburgh, starting in Zone 5 as a plainclothes detective before moving into a drug and gang unit.
“I worked Narcotics and I spent the last 15 years of my career as a homicide detective,” Nutter said.
Nutter said he wanted to get back into traditional police work after working with the Attorney General’s Office over the last eight-and-a-half years.
Both Nutter and Robinson Police Chief Tim Westwood worked with Pittsburgh Police.
When an opportunity to work with Westwood opened up again, he applied.
“I’m glad I made the move,” Nutter said. “It’s a very nice place to work.”