SHAMOKIN — Two veteran city police officers have announced their intentions to resign from the force.

At Monday night’s council meeting, Shamokin Administrator Robert Slaby read resignation letters from Patrolman Nathan Rhodes and Cpl. Jarrod Scandle. Rhodes’ resignation is effective March 31, while Scandle’s resignation becomes effective April 4.

The resignations are expected to be approved at the next council meeting.

Rhodes and Scandle, who are both U.S. Marine Corps veterans, have served as Shamokin police officers since Jan. 16, 2006, and Sept. 10, 2007, respectively.

The departures of Rhodes and Scandle will leave the city with eight full-time officers, including Chief of Police Darwin Tobias III and two part-time patrolmen. Neighboring Coal Township has 13 full-time policemen, including Chief of Police William Carpenter and an officer who is completing police academy training.

Tobias said, “Both officers will be sorely missed. They are exemplary officers who served and protected the citizens of Shamokin with dedication, and also volunteered their time by coaching youths and helping charitable organizations.”

Tobias said he has already received permission from city council to advertise for Civil Service testing to fill the positions.

“Our police force has been short on manpower before and we will continue to meet the challenges presented to us,” Tobias said. “No police services will be interrupted.”

Mayor John Brown, a former city police chief who oversees the police department, has known Rhodes and Scandle since they joined the force.

“It’s disheartening to see them leave, especially so sudden,” Brown said.

Although no reasons were given for their resignations Monday, the mayor said both officers have accepted jobs as weapons and tactics training instructors at Fort Indiantown Gap, near Annville.

“I wish them both well and I hope everything works out for them,” Brown said.

As for the manpower issue, Brown stated, “We are already short on manpower. We are going to provide testing immediately and hopefully be able to fill both positions as soon as possible.”

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