Yazurlo resigns as Laflin mayor over regional police coverage dispute

By Jerry Lynott - jlynott@timesleader.com
Laflin Mayor Dorothy Yazurlo resigned from office Sunday, citing frustration with her attempt to bring regional police coverage to the borough. - Sunday Dispatch file photo

LAFLIN — With two years left in her second term as elected mayor Dorothy Yazurlo resigned Sunday, citing her frustration in attempting to bring regional police coverage to the borough.

A majority of council members want to continue with the Pennsylvania State Police providing service after the borough disbanded its police department in 2014, Yazurlo said. Knowing that’s not going to change and feeling she’s getting nowhere on the issue, Yazurlo decided to leave the office she’s held for nearly 10 years.

“In good conscience, it’s what I had to do,” Yazurlo, a Democrat, said Monday.

Council was expected to fill the office at its reorganization meeting on Jan. 2. The council;s next regularly scheduled meeting is at 6 p.m. Jan. 23.

Yazurlo said the state police have done a good job. “The only problem is they have a great deal of coverage,” she said.

She said she supported a plan to have Jenkins Township provide coverage for the borough and nearby Yatesville at a cost of $65,000 for 2018. Yazurlo said Laflin could pay for the service without raising taxes.

“I can no longer continue to serve when I feel I can get nowhere,” she said.

First appointed and then elected twice to consecutive four-year terms, Yazurlo thanked borough residents for their support and promised to remain active. “I will continue to support my community in any way I can,” she said.

Laflin Mayor Dorothy Yazurlo resigned from office Sunday, citing frustration with her attempt to bring regional police coverage to the borough.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_laflinmayor-1.jpgLaflin Mayor Dorothy Yazurlo resigned from office Sunday, citing frustration with her attempt to bring regional police coverage to the borough. Sunday Dispatch file photo
Yazurlo points to regional police coverage dispute as cause

By Jerry Lynott

jlynott@timesleader.com

Reach Jerry Lynott at 570-991-6120 or on Twitter @TLJerryLynott.

Reach Jerry Lynott at 570-991-6120 or on Twitter @TLJerryLynott.