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Spring City police chief resigns

Deidre Sherman tendered her resignation effective July 1.

Deidre Sherman, who has been the chief of the Spring City Police Department since November 1999 and is one of the only female police chiefs in Pennsylvania, will resign her position effective July 1.

Sherman's letter of resignation, dated April 15, was read at the Monday night meeting of the Spring City Borough Council by mayor Michael Weiss.

"Please be advised that effective July 1, 2011, I am hereby retiring from my employment as chief of police for the Borough of Spring City," Weiss read from Sherman's letter.

Council president Lou DiGuiseppe then asked for a motion to "accept Chief Dee's letter of resignation as read." The motion was passed unanimously by the council.

Sherman, 61, has battled health problems during her tenure. She was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after being named chief in 1999. Last year, she underwent surgery at Fox Chase Cancer Center after an exam found a mass on her adrenal gland. 

Sherman was in attendance, but did not address the council and quickly left as the meeting was adjourned.

Patch will have additional notes from Monday's Spring City council meeting on Tuesday.

Dynamo47 May 03, 2011 at 10:56 AM
Thank you for asking as I too thought I heard the word retire. So was she terminated or did she resign? I guess all the heat and BS finally came back to bite her in the arse. Now Spring City can move forward and hire a working Chief who will want to be on the streets, involved in the community and come without all the excess drama and baggage that went along with Chief Sherman.
David Powell (Editor) May 03, 2011 at 12:19 PM
Kerry, you're right. I've clarified that point in the article.
John C May 03, 2011 at 03:01 PM
Looooong over due....Good Ridance!!!!
Dynamo47 May 03, 2011 at 04:18 PM
I also had a question as to why there was no mention of the controversy surrounding the chief in the past couple months? While I do understand and respect the Chief's medical issues, the issues surrounding her last couple months should have been summarized as it could have been a determining factor in her decision.
Kerry Bart May 03, 2011 at 05:50 PM
I suppose there's a fine line between a reporter's covering of an event and an opinion page about the same. I applaud Mr. Powell for how he chose to report this item.
Kerry Bart May 04, 2011 at 01:21 PM
Chief Sherman's letter states her retirement. 1) Why is this Patch article titled "Spring City chief resigns?" 2) Why was there not a single acknowledgment or word of thanks or congratulations regarding a 25+ year career in service to Spring City? Instead of any of that we are treated to "Good ridance" [sic] and controversy, drama, and baggage. Dynamo, were you at the meeting?
Norman Castor May 04, 2011 at 03:18 PM
Since the Chief is resigning/retiring, I can now comment publicly and share my thoughts. I wish to thank the Chief for her years of service and I wish her well in her retirement. That is the last positive thing I will say on her behalf. There has been more controversy surrounding the chief in recent years then should be. For a small borough with little to no violent crime, things should run smoothly without incident. Without going into details there is a long list of complaint and concerns by residents over the years. It all seemed to come to a head with the termination/resignation of Officer Lewis. There was obviously something wrong done to the officer yet no one on council or the borough could/would attempt to hold those responsible, accountable. I could not and would not idly sit back and "toe the company line" when I knew there was misconduct hence my resignation. So I am glad that the Chief has decided to move on and again I wish her no ill will and hope she remains in good health. That being said, I think the borough will be a better and safer place (with less controversy) when Chief Sherman's replacement is hired.
K. Mennefee May 04, 2011 at 04:15 PM
The council agenda said it was a "Letter of Resignation" and it was approved by council as a letter of resignation.
Michele Beswick May 04, 2011 at 04:20 PM
Dee: I was sorry to hear of your resignation. Working with you was always a pleasure and you always went out of your way to help. I too am having medical issues-specifically-spinal injuries-and I wish you good health and continued success in whatever you choose to do. Best of luck, Mike Beswick, CCSPCA
jackaroe May 04, 2011 at 04:42 PM
i don't think this should all be falling on Sheriff Sherman due to the fact that Officer Lewis pointed out last night that the MAYOR ran 2 stop signs and didn't want to be held accountable for it. i mean as anyone looked at our current mayor and how he even won the election? again this is an embarrassment and i think if spring city residents actually knew the real information there would be a major change in who is calling the shots here!
Norman Castor May 04, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Jackaroe, it wasn't Mayor Weiss but the former Mayor of Spring City.
jackaroe May 04, 2011 at 06:11 PM
my apologies... i misread the article then... thanks for clarifying. anyone who runs two stop signs should be held accountable. stop signs save lives. no one likes that 15day suspension but you have to pay for reckless driving!
Kerry Bart May 04, 2011 at 08:42 PM
I can understand that the agenda said "letter of resignation," and I hope that the council chooses to recognize that error when they meet in June. It's a shame that it's reported and commented on as though it were not a retirement.
YOMASHI YU May 07, 2011 at 03:44 PM
oh yes, i understand her intention, thats better for her to recover from health problems, i pray that she will passed that problem, those who made false must be accountable and pay for that error. i hope the council find more responsible for the comment, info to avoid embarrassment. goodluck godbless
PrinceOfPrussia May 08, 2011 at 12:15 PM
She resigned in order to retire. There's really no problem with the word "resigned". The term resign just means to give up ones job.....and that's what she did. Its a neutral term and doesn't imply quitting or disgrace in any way.
Gil Zimmerman May 16, 2011 at 12:43 PM
Change is in the air for Spring City...we could use some of that in Upper Providence Township!
jackaroe May 16, 2011 at 02:55 PM
well said Gil!
Polonium 210 May 22, 2011 at 11:30 PM
Congratulations to the chief for surviving almost three decades of service to the community. She has given more than any of us deserved. As for Mr. Castor, you do not impress me or intimidate me with your posturing and resignation but you sure do disgust me. I did a check on similar police chiefs and their executive salaries (for comparable communities) is far above what Spring City paid Chief Sherman. So where are your problem solving skills on that one? Do you know a way to pay a median salary of $95k plus benefits like a take home car? Do you have the ability to do that without raising taxes? Do you know any $95k candidates that will waive $50k for the benefit of watching a weak-minded politician cry and run when he doesn't get his way? You have NO SOLUTIONS and you have NO RECORD OF ACCOMPLISHMENT. So why don't you just shut up and show the chief some well deserved respect and whimper quietly at your home!
Polonium 210 May 23, 2011 at 12:29 AM
Here's a challenge to Mr. Castor whose "last positive thing" to say about the chief was a thinly veiled disguise for his secretive political agenda. You, Mr. Castor, chose a public forum to condemn the borough and criticize the decision making of the borough council in their support of the chief. So I challenge you to answer the following questions: 1. What level of funding did you provide for education and training of all employees? 2. What level of funding did you provide for operation costs in departments like the police department and public works? 3. Exactly how did you, as an elected official, view the funding of comparable communities and police chiefs in relation to the muncipal budget that YOU helped approve? 4. You made veiled references to other problems, so what did you do to correct them other than turn in your test paper and get a big fat "F" on the public test of your abilities? 5. You claim by your actions that you were motivated by conscience. Are you suggested that the other council members are incredible in their thoughts and decisions? 6. Why do you feel morally justified to attack an employee who gave 30 years to the community? What might that suggest to prospective police chief applicants about the culture of borough hall. 7. Reference #6 if your actions push away qualified applicants, how EXACTLY does your resignation further the causes of people who ELECTED you?
The Matrix May 26, 2011 at 01:14 AM
Sounds like you just got called out Castor!!!!!!
The Matrix May 26, 2011 at 01:15 AM
Spring City would be a great Police Dept. with the proper funding along with council and community support.
Norman Castor May 26, 2011 at 11:31 AM
Polonium, Spring City is not Philadelphia, Norristown, Conshohocken or even Royersford. It is a tiny borough and the salary of the chief reflects that. So to even compare salaries and funding is a ridiculous argument. So while you are talking funding and this that I am talking reality about the Chief's misconduct which could cost the resident money in the form of lawsuits. Are you aware of all the controversy that has surrounded the chief throughout her tenure? Are you aware of other police departments view of Spring City? The look at Spring City PD as a joke. Losing an Officer like Jamal Lewis doesn't help. Face the facts, the Chief did not follow procedure and a good employee lost their job because of it and the Chief is paying the price. I have nothing against Dee personally as she is a nice woman but I do have issue with her as chief. And Polo, I am not the ONLY (since you like to use Caps to emphasize your points) councilman or public official who is glad she is gone and thought it long overdue. None will come out and publicly say it but they are there. So while I do wish her well in her retirement, Spring City PD will have a chance to move forward with the Chief's resignation.
Norman Castor May 26, 2011 at 11:39 AM
Polo, I'm sorry, I did not address all your questions. As far as a political agenda, if I had one I would have stayed on and saw my agenda through. As far as funding, I was a huge advocate of eliminating the multitude of part time officers and replace them with one FT officer. The borough spends a lot of money training part time officers who eventually leave to take FT jobs with other departments which is wasteful spending. Almost every part time officer we have takes advantage of the training and certification that Spring City pays for only to leave for another opportunity. So in regards to funding, there is funding but it is not wisely spent. Regarding point 6, her actions which did not follow procedure were directly responsible for a good officer losing their position. You keep hearing about documents, well none have ever been produced because there are none. How would you feel if someone said something to your boss and your boss manupulated the facts which resulted in you losing your job? That is exactly what happened here and that is why I feel totally justified in "Criticizing" an employee whose salary I help pay for. Polo, if you have all the answers by all means feel free to run for election. I think you will be in for a big reality check. There is a budget that is extremely tight and little room for manipulation. There is a good budget for training and part time officers which is relative to the size of the borough.
Norman Castor May 26, 2011 at 11:45 AM
So Polo, please publicly put your name in the article so when you run for council all the fine people of Spring City can vote for someone who has all the answers. Hell, run for Mayor since you obviously have the solution to the funding and want to pay a police chief for a borough with under 5000 residents $95k. I urge you to do so and I will be the first one in line to vote for you. Maybe then you can see how things look from the inside and see how little money is available. . Again, reality check. We live in a small borough that has bigger concerns then paying a police chief like a President of a company. We have declining property values, streets in need of repair and many residents on fixed income. We also have a sewer plant in need of a multi-million dollar overhaul if not a new plant. Many residents on fixed incomes would lose their homes with any significant tax increase. But again, since you have all the answers by all means run and you will get my vote.
Ginny May 26, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Chief Dee is a well respected, fair, most honest and considerate individual. She served exceptionally for Spring City. This borough council are the ones who should have resigned.....not the Chief. I understand there is a controversy concerning Officer Lewis.....good riddance to a very controversial person....he has harassed quite a few upstanding Spring City people. Our community does not need or want him here. All the people of Spring City I have spoken to have nothing buy respect and admiration for her.......Dee, live long and enjoy life; you deserve the best. Ginny
Deborah Wise May 26, 2011 at 10:09 PM
Dee, I wish you the best. You have worked very hard to do your job. I just love when people condemn others without ever walking in their shoes. I know your health will continue to be the best because of your faith. I will always be here for you and I thank you for your years of service.
Polonium 210 May 29, 2011 at 01:53 AM
Mr. Castor, thank you for responding. Based on the financial realities of the borough, its abundantly clear the borough manager and police chief gave so much for the last 30 years. They sacrificed higher paying opportunities to work for a community they care about. So I find it offensive that posters attack the chief during the twilight of her career. She deserves better and you know that.
Polonium 210 May 29, 2011 at 01:59 AM
Back to the issue of the part-time officer and all the accolades....well deserved I'm sure. But please keep it in context. The chief survived in a male dominated work force, drove to domestics and bar fights in a town that was well known for being rough and tumble after midnight. Back in the 1980's she also stood in the scorching sun and freezing cold directing traffic at the knitting mill. The chief asked for nothing in return except an opportunity to serve as long as she could. So knowing the real history of bravery and dedication, the chief deserves the support of the entire community. She certainly has mine.
The Matrix June 14, 2011 at 07:11 PM
Sgt. James Wyatt has been in charge of the department now for a few weeks. Personally I think he is doing a great job. He is a natural leader with an abundance of police expirience and knowledge. I think council needs to take action to appoint him the next chief of police immediately!!!!!
Fred Kelly December 01, 2012 at 10:08 AM
Jim wyatt is rat bastard, who would put him in charge. Oh wait a two time dui offender of a mayor. Remember me former ofc. Kelly

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