Cecil police chief placed on leave

March 4, 2013
Cecil Township police Chief John Pushak is wrapping up the summer session at Point Park University in Pittsburgh as an instructor in the criminal justice program. August 5, 2004 Published August 7, 2004

CECIL – Veteran Cecil Township police Chief John T. Pushak was placed on paid administrative leave Monday pending the audit of a police department account.

Township supervisors unanimously approved the move at their monthly meeting. They also authorized the hiring of independent legal counsel Phillip Binotto and two auditors to conduct the investigation.

Pushak, who joined the police force in 1974, is fully cooperating, said township solicitor John Smith. Smith said the action was the result of two executive sessions held by the supervisors last week. The first session was held Wednesday in Smith’s law office; the second session was held Friday at the township building.

Smith declined further comment and said supervisors were asked to do the same.

Results of the audit are expected within two weeks. The auditors from Cypher & Cypher will report to special counsel after reviewing the account.

Smith said Pushak was placed on leave to avoid any accusation that he had access to account files during the audit.

In other business, the supervisors agreed to support efforts to keep a PNC bank branch on Millers Run Road.

Last week, a group of residents began circulating a petition asking PNC not to move their facility. The bank is the only one in the township.

Linda Metz has been with the Observer-Reporter since 2000, covering Washington County courts and politics, as well as the city of Washington. She previously was employed by the Tribune Review. She is a graduate of Point Park College, now a university, in Pittsburgh.

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