We have learned that an employee was arraigned this morning and charged with alleged wrongdoing related to the hiring of Pennsylvania constables — sworn law enforcement officials — at Energy Transfer’s expense. We believe that these charges do not have any merit and find it troubling that District Attorney Tom Hogan would proceed with charges that we are confident will not stand, creating far-reaching impacts for this employee and his family.
The Pennsylvania constables in question were hired by an independent, Pennsylvania-based security firm to support the West Whiteland Police Department in its efforts to maintain peace within the community. Local law enforcement never expressed any objection to this security plan when it was discussed and implemented. To now characterize the hiring of Pennsylvania constables as somehow intentionally unlawful is extremely troubling, not only for the individual charged, but also for the community that benefited from the presence of trained security. The District Attorney’s complaint only constitutes allegations — it is not proof of wrongdoing. Energy Transfer will fully support this employee as he seeks the dismissal of the allegation, which again, we believe has no merit, now that he is entitled to due process and a fair hearing.