Now that city lawmakers voted to override a mayoral veto and make a final payment to Barclay Damon for legal services rendered in the probe of Police Chief James L. Michel Jr., many residents who attended Monday night’s reorganization meeting wondered if the investigation would continue.
The total fee paid to the law firm was nearly $65,000 said council members, but when newly elected Council President Keith Lewis introduced a resolution allowing Barclay Damon to conclude its investigation, it was met with a resounding no.
The council voted 4 to 1 to halt the investigation immediately.
“It never should have gotten to this point,” said Third Ward Councilman Joseph Jerge. “It should have been handled inhouse by city counsel.”
Michel, a 35-year veteran of the Lackawanna police force, is involved in a dispute with the City Council over $36,000 in back payments for sick and vacation time.
In October 2015, an attorney for Michel filed a notice of intent to sue the City of Lackawanna over the payments.
• Second Ward Block Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Queen of Angels Parish, 144 Warsaw St.