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Gettysburg Borough Honors Retiring Sgt. Weikert

At a recent meeting, the Gettysburg Borough Council and Mayor Rita Frealing honored retiring Police Sgt. Larry Weikert for his long service. Weikert, who joined the city in 1988, has served in various capacities, including as a code enforcement officer, part-time patrol officer, full-time police officer since 2003 and sergeant since 2016. Throughout his career, he has served under four police chiefs. , coordinated special events and was a volunteer firefighter, even serving as department head several times.

The council debated the best way to honor Weikert, with a major discussion over whether to donate his department-issued firearm, valued at $300, to him. The council was divided, with some members suggesting alternative gifts, such as a badge in a shadow box. However, the majority, supported by Mayor Frealing, decided to allow Weikert to retain his service weapon under the provisions of the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act.

In addition, the council unanimously approved a zoning change to allow libraries as a primary use in the borough’s institutional zone, a decision that allows for possible future relocations of the Gettysburg branch of the Adams County Library System.