As the Citizen’s Voice reports, ethical questions surround Democrat Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton’s hiring of family members on the Wilkes-Barre taxpayer’s dime.
The jobs were apparently not advertised yet, the good Democrat Mayor’s family members found out about them, applied for them, and received them.
Lehighton’s excuse? He didn’t use his position as the City’s executive to hire his family for an unadvertised job, he was simply forced to act on the recommendation of his hand-picked Human Resources Department Director who actually is a subordinate employee to the Mayor.
The State Ethics Commission is pretty plainspoken on conflicts of interest:
"No public official or public employee shall engage in conduct that constitutes a conflict of interest. A conflict of interest is defined as use by a public official or public employee of the authority of his office or employment or any confidential information received through his holding public office or employment for the private pecuniary benefit of himself, a member of his immediate family or a business with which he or a member of his immediate family is associated." – PA Ethics Commission