Fiorill noted his account is based on a phone call the former chief made to the FOP lodge in search of legal advice after Sorace demanded that he resign.
“The irony of this whole thing is, he didn’t make that statement,” Fiorill told Lancaster Online. “He knows better than to get involved in politics. It was his wife. Where does the mayor have the audacity to request his resignation based on what his wife said? He had nothing to do with it.”
In the Sept. 27 Facebook post, which has been deleted, Kristy Berkihiser was responding to comments a friend made after volunteering at President Trump’s campaign rally at the Harrisburg International Airport a day earlier.
The friend said that the president “spoke so much of law enforcement officers and his respect and thankfulness for them!”
In an email to Lancaster Online, Sorace said, “As it relates to Chief Berkihiser’s retirement, I have nothing further to add beyond my comments last Friday.”
The outlet said that the chief is still on the payroll until the end of this month, but he is no longer reporting for duty.
Berkihiser, 49, has been with the department for 26, years, the local outlet reported. He started as a patrol officer, then worked his way up to captain and eventually chief.