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.

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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