Hamburg council votes not to renew police chief's contract

Pedro Rivera has led borough's force since 2012

HAMBURG, Pa. - The new year will bring a new police chief for Hamburg.

The borough council voted Tuesday night against renewing Chief Pedro Rivera's contract. His last day on the job will be February 10, officials said.

The council's vote was 5-1, with one member being absent and council President Martha Bertolet casting the lone "no" vote.

Bertolet told 69 News that she didn't agree with the decision to let Rivera go, but she declined to comment further.

Rivera, a former Pennsylvania State Police captain, has served as Hamburg's police chief since April 2012. He was unavailable Wednesday to comment on the council's decision.

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