Lower Frederick Settles Lawsuit with Former Officer

Ofc. Marc D. Messenger, whose employment with the Lower Frederick Police Department was terminated in August of 2010, sued the township and staff.


Lower Frederick Township entered into a settlement agreement with former police officer Marc D. Messenger, according to Board of Supervisors Chairman Ernest Schmitt.

The board unanimously approved a motion at the board’s Nov. 27 work session that Schmitt read aloud at the Dec. 4 meeting: 

“On November 27, the board of supervisors made the motion to ratify entering into a settlement agreement with Marc C. Messenger to settle all litigation, arbitrations and any other pending or future claims in relationship to his employment as a Lower Frederick Township Patrolman”

“This bring to an end a saga that we could talk about for hours but, because of the nature of the agreement, we can’t,” Schmitt said.

According to minutes of the Sept. 7, 2010 supervisors meeting, the board voted unanimously to terminate Messenger’s employment from lower Frederick Township an advertised executive session on Aug. 16.

A Perkiomen Valley Patch article reported that Messenger was terminated last year after an internal affairs investigation determined the officer exhibited “some serious problems and serious behavioral issues,” according to Maxey.

 Messenger filed a suit against Lower Frederick Township, police chief Paul Maxey and township manager Tamara Twardowski on Sept. 22, 2010 in the Eastern District Court, according to court records.

Lower Frederick Township Solicitor Thomas Keenan publically addressed the lawsuit at a later meeting, stating that Messenger sued the township.  Keenan said  he believed the township had good cause for the termination, but that this was a “big issue” for the board of supervisors.

chad connelly December 08, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I know for a fact that he injured himself before his termination. The man was a Marine. To be a law enforcement officer, you cannot be timid. You have to come into a situation and take control no matter what the circumstances. Was he rough around the edges? Yes. Was he an example of what a police officer should be? Of course. I have been pulled over by him a few times, but he was just doing his job and his duty to his community.
Jess December 08, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I just want to say that when he gave my family citations he told us that he knew the people who called him for years and that we are new to the area. So just because he knew the people that's why he was so rude and fined us. So actually he did turn a blind eye. So glad he's out!!
John Q December 08, 2012 at 08:17 PM
They are a bunch of clowns because they had it in for him since day 1 and they changed the rules to fire him. Maybe if the manager wasn't in bed with the Chief and they actually did a background check on the Chief...just ask around the other departments he worked for, the township would be better off! Now Marc gets a huge check and you residents pay the bill...who has the last laugh now???
Kit-Kat December 08, 2012 at 08:22 PM
John which Cheif are u referring too? Just looking for clarification seeing as how They changed the rules to get rid of Cheif Kroll as well...
Katrina Manning December 08, 2012 at 08:23 PM
@Chad you are correct! Thanks =)
Jess December 08, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Any huge check he MIGHT be getting isn't gonna last him the rest of his life. So yea, it's not him who has the last laugh. That's for sure. And my mistake, I didn't realize who you were talking about at first. I thought you were calling the residents clowns. But either way, he's out and that's good!
John Q December 08, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Good point! I was referring to Maxxy
Minka December 08, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Lets face it...people don't like cops because of the job they have to do upholding the law. But when you need them to protect you and your family from harm you will be thankful they were there in your greatest time of need. Of course, everyone who is breaking the law will have a negative experience with a cop...DUH!!!! My question to the Lower Frederick Twp supervisors and Chief Maxey would be why didn't the residents of the township ever hear about Marc's heroic deed of saving a mans life? This is something Marc should have been commended for and even more so because he was injured during the process. Instead we heard NOTHING. Wonder why?????????? I would be forever grateful to someone who would put themselves in harms way to save/protect my life and the lives of my family/friends and would be proud to hear about our local police doing just that!. We need to hear more positive things like this happening! God Bless Officer Messenger. I hope he is healing well from his injury.
Kit-Kat December 08, 2012 at 09:16 PM
I never understood why he was never recognized either. He stopped a man from taking his own life by pulling him up over the railing of the bridge after the individual had attempted to hang himself. He deserved to be honored. Not persecuted weeks later....
49ers21 December 09, 2012 at 09:01 PM
but is it normal procedure to chain cuff seven teenagers and bunch them all into one sqaud car together? that man has serious mental issues and its a good thing they got rid of him.
MrJ December 10, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Guess our taxes will be going up to pay for this settlement since the township was at fault. Call the township and inquire about the amount WE have to pay. Good leadership there. But then again the leadership has turned into a dictatorship...
Joshua Z Stouch December 10, 2012 at 01:30 PM
you'd be surprised what you can hide when you know what you are doing
Joshua Z Stouch December 10, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Chief Maxey is far from a clown. I have worked with him professionally and know him personally, he is an excellent police chief and officer and an honorable man.
Joshua Z Stouch December 10, 2012 at 01:33 PM
elaborate with your accusations?
Sugaree December 10, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Umm, the twp just passed budget w/ no tax increase. The settlement amt is an insurance settlement - that's why we have insurance. Settling was probably the cheaper alternative rather than take it to trial. Duh..
MrJ December 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Insurance didn't cover this suit... Ask the township manager for details.
Sugaree December 10, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I'll agree w/ Joshua Z. Stouch, we are very lucky to have Chief Maxey.
Sugaree December 11, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Well then, I guess Lwr Frederick has the cash. There was no tax increase. And, settling is still cheaper than going to trial. Which would you prefer?
West Girl62 December 11, 2012 at 01:25 AM
I'd prefer new leadership in the township and police chief who lives in the community and is always readily available instead of sitting in his office all day and hiding from the community....
Sugaree December 11, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Elaborate please...
Paula Goff December 11, 2012 at 03:21 PM
A sincere question for those who are dissatisfied with township leadership: Do you vote in the local elections?
MrJ December 11, 2012 at 03:29 PM
My spouse and I both voted for the current administration. Would we vote for them again? Definitely not for 2 out of the three...
Joshua Z Stouch December 12, 2012 at 08:38 AM
MrJ, you are incorrect, I know this for a fact.
MrJ December 12, 2012 at 10:20 AM
@Joshua: Please elaborate...
Joshua Z Stouch December 13, 2012 at 02:08 AM
@MrJ; the settlement was most definitely covered by insurance. An Open Records request will support this statement, should you need to confirm.
MrJ December 13, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Thanks Josh. I stand corrected about the insurance. And thanks for the great article on the LF Police Force. Chief Maxey, Officer Roman and Officer David are great guys. We had one incident at home where we required Police assistance and the chief was professional and showed a lot of care. We were very grateful for this. We always supported the LF Police. It is the current Board of Supervisors that we have a problem with.
SUZY Q. December 13, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Officer Messenger would always go out of his way to help the elderly. I know a lady named Suzanne that thinks the world of him. xoxoxo
April December 14, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Officer Messenger would always go out of his way to help the elderly. I know a lady named Suzanne that thinks the world of him. xoxoxo
SUZY Q. December 14, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Ron Baltimore December 15, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I could always depend on Officer Messenger to lend a helping hand even when he was off duty he was not afraid to go in head first to get the job done. He was a true hero. Suzanne and I will miss him. Good luck!


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