Editorial: Springdale Police chief hire marks new era for department
We applaud Springdale for its hiring of former Monroeville police Officer George Polnar as police chief, thereby hopefully putting an end to a most tumultuous time in the department.
Polnar, 60, comes to Springdale having worked for 31 years in the Monroeville police department and recently headed security at UPMC East hospital in that municipality. On paper, he seems like the perfect candidate to stabilize a department that in recent years saw the firing of former police Chief Julio Medeiros and then a federal lawsuit filed by Medeiros.
Springdale council seems to have learned a lesson from the Medeiros debacle.
In February, it approved language that clearly outlined the police chief’s job responsibilities, something that inexplicably was lacking for years. That language calls for a chief that actively participates with officers during their shifts. In essence, Springdale wants a chief who is more than an administrator. In a department the size of Springdale’s — three full-time and six part-time officers — that seems to be a necessity.
After his hiring was announced, Polnar said he is the type of chief who likes to “knock on doors and meet people.”
We look forward to your formal introduction to the community, Chief.