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By Hilde Kate Lysiak
Susquehanna University Director of Public Safety David Gardner is out!
Gardner has been under fire since last September when he banned Selinsgrove resident Al Peterson from the University for being a suspected creeper while looking for his lost dog.
Days later, the beloved family dog was found dead on Route 15.
The OSN asked a spokesperson for the University if Gardner was fired or resigned, but the official only said that he “left” his position.
“David Gardner left his position at SU effective June 17. A search is underway for his successor,” the spokesperson told the OSN.
Gardner has made a lot of headlines.
Last month the family met with University officials hoping they would allow Peterson on the property to watch his daughter’s swim events, but instead officials only warned the family against talking to the Orange Street News.
Concerned citizens even started a petition asking SU to allow Peterson back on campus.
“I think they are childish and ridiculous. They are horrible people,” Peterson told the Orange Street News.But banning Peterson was only the latest controversy involving Gardener since he began at the University in July, 2015.
Last April the OSN reported how students created a petition fighting back on what they claimed were aggressive policing by campus security. The petition was signed by nearly 700 students.
In May Gardner was caught on video blocking a reporter from trying to cover a baseball playoff game.
Until a successor is named, Don Weirick, associate director of public safety, will serve as interim director, according to the spokesperson.