Sto-Rox rescinds police hire, planning to outsource instead


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By Elizabeth Perry


Sto-Rox school directors have rescinded their June 23 decision to hire Andrew Lisiecki as school police supervisor.


The district had been compelled to hire a police force as part of its economic recovery plan and is moving forward with a local security agency, The Commission, LLC instead of creating an in-house force. Both items were approved at the school’s Aug. 11 meeting.


District officials would not comment on specifics surrounding the removal of Lisiecki.

“We believe it’s in the best interest of the district to move in a different direction,” Dan Rinkus, communication specialist for the district, said via email.


The school is not hiring a school police chief, Rinkus said.

As previously reported by Gazette 2.0, Lisiecki had been a recurring figure in local news for several years.


He sued former employer North Huntingdon Police department for retaliatory firing/unlawful termination and won $600,000, testified on behalf of Jeffrey Cooperstein in a police shooting that rocked the city in the late 1990s regarding issues of police brutality and race, and was involved in a prostitution sting controversy while Police Chief of Green Tree.


Lisiecki had been unanimously hired at a rate of $25 an hour and would have been supervising two other officers for the district police force.


The district is not able to discuss the financial terms of the agreement with the security firm at this time, said Rinkus.


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