Friday, September 30, 2011

Ethics Probe of Democrat Leighton Advances

In July, we wrote about Democrat Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton’s practice of giving jobs to family members. As a refresher, the State Ethics Committee position 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

Based on local reporting, it appears the State Ethics Commission has found reasonable cause to move from a preliminary inquiry to a full-scale investigation. This investigation however, could take as long as a year to complete.

UPDATE: The Citizen's Voice now reports that the State Ethics Committee erred when it stated it was moving to a "full investigation." The truth appears to be that the investigation is still in the "preliminary inquiry" stage.

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