Monaca Borough Police Officer David Piuri is challenging Beaver Borough Officer Kenneth McCoy for the position of President of the Beaver Valley Fraternal Order of Police.
The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 4 will be conducting its elections for board members next week.
Piuri’s campaign against incumbent President Ken McCoy has highlighted some of the turmoil that’s existed in Beaver County’s law enforcement community over the past few years.
McCoy’s tenure as leadership within the organization has been a controversial one. The officer rebuffed open calls for his resignation as FOP President shortly after his election when Christine Cilli, one of the married man’s girlfriends, was granted a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order against him back in October of 2012. The woman alleged McCoy had become suicidal and began stalking her while he was on duty. Several residents of the town of Beaver also came forward publicly by name, alleging the officer was keeping them awake at night coming and going from Cilli’s house in his patrol car. Beaver Borough suspended McCoy from duty and stripped him of his sergeant’s stripes as a result of the incidents. McCoy admitted no wrongdoing at the time but agreed not to challenge the Borough’s disciplinary actions against him. The officer was represented by attorney Myron Sainovich.
The Beaver Countian published a series of reports about the controversy at the time, including an in-depth interview with Cilli, who provided this publication with photographs and copies of disturbing text messages that Officer McCoy had allegedly sent her (See: A Story Of Internal Affairs).
McCoy is now seeking another 2 year term as FOP President. Monaca Officer David Piuri is hoping to prevent that from happening.
“I promise that I will serve the lodge with honor and integrity,” wrote Officer Piuri in a campaign brochure sent out to the law enforcement community that was obtained by the Beaver Countian, “so that our members feel represented and proud to be members of the Fraternal Order of Police.”
In the brochure, Piuri vowed to strengthen ties between the law enforcement community, the press, and the public if elected as President of the organization. “The FOP is supposed to be the voice of those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving our communities, yet our lodge has been silent while important decisions that affect our members have been made, and while law enforcement officers have been unfairly represented in the local media [...] I will increase community involvement of our lodge, thus building a better relationship with the people we are sworn to protect.”
Officer Piuri also wrote that under his leadership the organization would establish a committee to help officers deal with unfair labor practices and grievances filed within their individual departments, “I have spoken to many members of our lodge who question the importance of being a member of the FOP [...] They say that all our lodge seems to provide is a summer picnic, a Christmas party and a couple of stickers mailed to them every year.”
All members of the Beaver Valley FOP Lodge 4 in good standing, regardless of their meeting attendance during the past year, can cast a ballot at the Beaver Borough Building on Thursday, May 29th from 11am to 1pm and from 5pm to 7pm.
The Beaver Countian will continue to follow this story.