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Romutis v. Borough of Ellwood City

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

February 10, 2021

In Romutis v. Borough of Ellwood City, Romutis appealed from the trial court’s order that granted summary judgment in favor of the Borough and against Romutis, who served as police chief of the Borough, as to his breach of contract and termination in violation of public policy claims. The Commonwealth Court affirmed, holding that the Borough did not breach the employment contract when it terminated Romutis for reasons other than just cause and offered a severance. Further, because it was undisputed that the Borough hired Romutis outside of the alternative civil service process outlined in Section 1184(d) of the Borough Code, the Court would not extend the protections of Section 1190(a) of the Borough Code under the guise of public policy, because doing so would have been contrary to the express intent of the General Assembly.

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