Court sides with Lower Merion Township in promotion lawsuit

    A Pennsylvania appeals court has sided with Lower Merion Township and the Montgomery County court in a lawsuit filed by two police officers about the township’s promotion process.

    Filed in 2009, the suit alleged a series of promotions should have been granted based only on test scores. Filing officers Lt. Frank Higgins and Sgt. David Snyder scored higher than the officers who were promoted to the positions Higgins and Snyder were eyeing.

    The Main Line Times reports both courts confirmed the township was within its rights to promote officers based on the “Rule of Three,” which allowed the police department to make promotions from its pool of the top three candidates for each open position.

    It’s not clear if another appeal will be filed.

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