Morgantown Police Chief
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Silverstar5

Morgantown, WV

#1 Oct 3, 2010
The local media has reported that Morgantown Police Chief Phil Scott is retiring. Although I don't know him personally, I retired from law enforcement and have followed crime and police issues since moving to the area a few years ago. My observation is that Morgantown Police do a great job and the chief will be missed by the whole community. I will him well.
mistymorn

Morgantown, WV

#2 Oct 3, 2010
The chief's name surfaced as a candidate for the U.S. Marshal job a few months ago. I think he is too young to "retire" I predict he is moving to something else.
Indano

Morgantown, WV

#3 Oct 3, 2010
Insiders say the chief is just moving on. He has done a good job and has been a "hands on" chief. He actually lives in Morgantown which has kept him connected with the community. I suspect that recent action by city council that changes retirement and health care plans in 2011 helped him make his decision.
Kathy Jo

Morgantown, WV

#4 Oct 4, 2010
People are bailing out left and right starting with the utility director, city manager, finance director and now the police chief. It is rumored that others will follow. From what has been said, council voted to make major changes to retirement and health care leaving them no choice but to "take the money and run".
LazyD

Morgantown, WV

#5 Oct 10, 2010
It seems pretty obvious that city officials are leaving at an alarming rate. I would think something must have happened recently. Personally I am not too impressed with the current city council who appears to be more interested in petty neighborhood issues and do nothing about bigger issues like traffic and deplorable rental houses. People will soon realize that the city manager was the glue that held it all together. City council spent nearly $20,000 for some out of state firm to find a new city manager, isn't that their job? Every other council recruited and hired previous city managers.
Green Space

Morgantown, WV

#6 Oct 10, 2010
Something is going on at city hall. Why are all of these people leaving at the same time? Does anyone find this alarming? On day the police chief is on the news announcing arrests in a recent murder. The next day he's retiring?
Ron

Morgantown, WV

#7 Oct 10, 2010
Why does everyone go into conspiracy theory mode? People are not "jumping ship" or leaving cause "something must have happened". Look at the people that are leaving and their amount of time they have already put it, 25 plus years of service just means the climate is right to move on, especially if you're still young as the Police Chief is. If you worked along side these city officials on a daily basis you would realize that it's not some dramatic dire situation at hand, it's simply time for people to move on and usually when one goes a couple more get the idea that it's time to also. Hiring an outside firm for a new city manager isn't unheard of or unusual, it suppose to make an unbiased assisted choice easier for city council, which should not be left up to a handful of men. They are even going to have a open town hall meeting where the public will be able to attend and review the top candidates. It's kind of rediculous for very few people to sort through 100s of application from out of state and within and make a reasonable decision, which makes having an outside firm come in a reasonable alternative. Not everything is evil or a conspiracy, the city manager announced his retirement months ago, and the chief probably didn't see the incentive to stay any longer after 25 years of service and doing very great things for the city and department. All is not smoke and mirrors, sometimes its just time to move on.
Silverstar5

Morgantown, WV

#8 Oct 10, 2010
I agree with Ron 100% people are quick to jump to all these conclusions
Kubla

Morgantown, WV

#9 Oct 11, 2010
Conspiracies have so much more flair! I agree with the last two posts, people who have put in their time are eligible to retire and why not? Nobody mentioned the fire chief, he recently left too.
LazyD

Morgantown, WV

#10 Nov 6, 2010
It's been a few weeks now since the police chief announced his retirement, followed by the assistant public works director. From what I have seen and heard, Morgantown city council is moving in a different direction and the current administrators don't fit into their plan. I encourage everyone to watch what happens now as the liberal members of council have quietly gained control. My question is simply this, if Morgantown is enjoying a healthy economy and is one of the most livable cities, why fix something that's not broke? I predict that residents will see an agenda focused on initiatives of feel good social programs, While our roads continue to crumble, substandard rental housing booms and traffic remains backed up for miles.
KathyJo

Morgantown, WV

#11 Nov 6, 2010
LazyD wrote:
It's been a few weeks now since the police chief announced his retirement, followed by the assistant public works director. From what I have seen and heard, Morgantown city council is moving in a different direction and the current administrators don't fit into their plan. I encourage everyone to watch what happens now as the liberal members of council have quietly gained control. My question is simply this, if Morgantown is enjoying a healthy economy and is one of the most livable cities, why fix something that's not broke? I predict that residents will see an agenda focused on initiatives of feel good social programs, While our roads continue to crumble, substandard rental housing booms and traffic remains backed up for miles.
You are so right. I think it would be hard for a new city manager who has no ties to WV to function. It will take at least a year just to learn the basics. I doubt he will be here long either.
Indano

Morgantown, WV

#12 Nov 6, 2010
Not all that unusual really. When administrations change many people simply decide that it's time to move on. Regardless of what you think of the direction the city is taking, they are the elected leaders and have the power to make the changes that they feel are appropriate. The police chief and others who have decided to move on have done a good job and will be marketable should they decide to pursue other jobs.
Neighbor

Morgantown, WV

#13 Nov 7, 2010
I know the chief, He left for a couple of reasons.
Ron

Morgantown, WV

#14 Nov 7, 2010
Neighbor wrote:
I know the chief, He left for a couple of reasons.
Oh yea? What were they, "neighbor"?
Neighbor

Morgantown, WV

#15 Nov 8, 2010
First I think 25 years is enough, second I think he has another job waiting.
Green Space

Morgantown, WV

#16 Nov 8, 2010
I don't ever remember that many people leaving at the same time. If people believe that all these key people in the city made the same decision at the same time, you are wearing blinders. I think they are all being polite and politically correct and just quietly leaving.
Ron

Morgantown, WV

#17 Nov 8, 2010
There is rumor that the Chief may be in the position to take over WVUs police force in the near future due to administrative problems at WVU. Considering Chiefs Scott positive tenure at MPD, I see this as a likely option both career and financially. 25 years of service would draw full retirement and the position at WVU pays over 120k+ a year, so having the possibility of making over 200k a year is motive enough to move on.
Neighbor

Morgantown, WV

#18 Nov 12, 2010
Ron should change his name to the insider, he even knows how much people are paid.
Convict

Morgantown, WV

#19 Nov 15, 2010
He would never made it to chief unless he connected to somebody. he arrested me one time and he is a punk. now all the taxpayers can take care of him for the rest of his days.
Ron

Morgantown, WV

#20 Nov 15, 2010
Convict wrote:
He would never made it to chief unless he connected to somebody. he arrested me one time and he is a punk. now all the taxpayers can take care of him for the rest of his days.
You're obviously an idiot. People do make something of themselves without connections, it's called hard work and perseverance, something one lacks when they are too busy getting arrested and being a punk. Educate yourself and come back when you have constructive input and discussion and maybe you won't come off as an ignorant ass. Stating that your only connection to the Chief is by being arrested speaks volumes about you as a person and the validity of your claims.

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