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Feb. 22, 2021
North Cornwall Township Press Release: 2/22/21

Following the arrest of suspended police officer Joe Fischer, North Cornwall Township initiated its own inquiry into the events surrounding Officer Fischer's actions on January 6, 2021 and afterwards. That investigation remains ongoing.


During the pendency of that inquiry and until it concludes, Chief John Leahy has been temporarily placed on administrative leave with pay. The Board of Supervisors has appointed Sergeant Harry Ward to act as interim officer in charge of the North Cornwall Township Police Department.


The Board wishes to express its confidence in the members of its Police Department who continue to provide public safety services to the Township's residents, regardless of recent events. The Board further wishes to express its gratitude to its residents as it works to ensure that all appropriate questions are asked and measures undertaken to protect the continuing professionalism of the Police Department.

North Cornwall Township Board of Supervisors
320 S. 18th Street
Lebanon, PA 17042