Two Sergeants in the Aliquippa Police Department have been demoted and two other officers were promoted in their place, according to sources within the department.
Officers Angelo Lewis and Robert Sealock were demoted from Sergeant to Patrolman. Officers Kenneth Watkins and Joshua Stanga both received promotions from Patrolman to Sergeant.
Law enforcement sources tell the Beaver Countian that union representatives with the FOP were presented redacted documents by the city detailing the reasons for the reductions in rank. Sources say among the information stricken from the documents were the names of individuals who allegedly made complaints against the officers.
The moves follow a series of shakeups that have occurred within the department since Donald Couch was appointed Chief back in February.
In April, Aliquippa Mayor Dwan Walker appointed rookie Officer Joseph Perciavalle to the position of Assistant Chief. Perciavalle was hired by the Aliquippa Police Department about two years ago, fresh out of the police academy. The officer went to high school with Mayor Walker and has a child together with the Mayor’s cousin.
That same month Walker also promoted Officer Ryan Pudik to the position of Detective Captain. Pudik has likewise only been with the force for about two years.
Sources inside of the Aliquippa Police Department have told the Beaver Countian that the department has been in a state of turmoil, with officers contacting state authorities about alleged corruption within the City.