LUZERNE — Borough Council accepted the resignation of its police chief and postponed the adoption of its 2014 budget during Tuesday night’s council meeting.
Chief Patricia O’Donald was involved with the department at the leadership level since its reestablishment in March 2011, but her experience with the force dates back to the years prior to the police outsourcing to Kingston and Swoyersville that began in 2005.
She announced her intentions to step down in favor of a position with Luzerne County 911.
Her departure follows an extended medical leave of absence that began in July of this year.
Officer Michael Kotwasinski, who has served as acting chief since that time, will continue at that capacity until the council members come to a final decision regarding a permanent replacement.
It was also announced that the borough’s 2014 budget vote will be postponed until a special meeting on Dec. 27 at 5 p.m.
In other matters, Councilwoman Judy Gober reminded the public that Luzerne’s Annual Christmas on Main Street festival will be held Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. between Kelly and Bennett streets with a visit from Santa Claus at the Bean Coffee Shop from 2 to 4 p.m.
The next regular meeting of the council will be on Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.