Ex-cop, controller vie for Dickson City mayor – News

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Dickson City’s former longtime police chief and current controller will square off for the Democratic nomination for mayor in the May primary election.

William Stadnitski, who served as police chief for 33 years, and Robert MacCallum, who served as controller for seven years, are vying to replace current Mayor Stanley Prushinski, who opted not to seek re-election as mayor and is instead seeking a seat on council.

No one is seeking the Republican nomination for mayor.

Stadnitski, 67, retired as police chief in 2009. He believes the mayor’s primary responsibility is to support the Police Department. He decided to run because he thinks the department is going in the wrong direction and he has the necessary experience to get it back on track.

“There is constant bickering between the union and council. A lot of it can be resolved,” Stadnitski said.

If elected, Stadnitski pledged to search for grants to try to increase the number of full-time officers. He’d also like to see the borough restart a…

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