SUNBURY — Attorney Timothy Bowers informed members of Sunbury City Council Monday night that he has filed an appeal over the termination of his client, Patrolwoman Jamie Quinn, of Kulpmont.
City Clerk Terry Specht said a hearing regarding a ‘third-step grievance” will be held within 10 days between council members, Bowers, Quinn and a police union representative.
On Aug. 28, Mayor David Persing fired Quinn for violating internal policy in the police department regarding the alleged misuse of a department cell phone.
Quinn had been placed on paid leave in December by Police Chief Tim Miller and Persing as state police began an investigation into the matter.
Persing said the decision to terminate Quinn came about during an executive session and was explained to city council. It was made based on “failures within the city of Sunbury’s rules” that Miller had uncovered throughout the year. Acting on Miller’s findings, Persing said he arrived at the decision for termination.
Quinn’s termination is separate from the investigation being conducted by state police in relation to Quinn allegedly allowing her 17-year-old son to use a police department cell phone from which a sexually explicit image was being sent at Line Mountain High School on Dec. 1.
Trooper Nathan Messner of state police at Stonington claimed he read a text on the phone from Quinn to her son telling him to delete the image. During police questioning, Quinn denied having done so.
During an Aug. 23 preliminary hearing before Senior Magisterial District Judge Richard Cashman, three of the five charges were withdrawn or dismissed against Quinn, including a felony count of failing to report a case of suspected child abuse to the appropriate authorities.
Quinn, who remains free on $10,000 unsecured bail, was scheduled to appear for a status conference Monday at Northumberland County Courthouse in Sunbury. But that proceeding was continued due to the unavailability of a prosecutor from the state Attorney General’s Office, which filed the charges.