Cecil supervisors awaiting audits

Township police chief placed on administrative leave earlier this week

March 27, 2013
Cecil Township police Chief John Pushak

Cecil Township supervisors believe audits of township police department accounts could be concluded by week’s end.

If so, Supervisor Tom Casciola said the board will address the matter, which resulted in veteran police Chief John T. Pushak being placed on paid 30-day administrative leave, at its monthly meeting Monday night.

“No one wants to have someone on administrative leave longer than necessary,” Casciola said Tuesday.

If the audits are not completed in time for the meeting, Casciola said a special meeting will be scheduled after they are submitted. Pushak’s leave would be extended for another 30 days.

“We’re not trying to hide anything,” he explained.

Pushak was placed on leave at the supervisor’s Feb. 4 meeting. The move was unanimously approved.

Solicitor John Smith said the chief was fully cooperating, and that he was placed on leave to avoid any accusation that he had access to account files during the audit.

In addition, the supervisors authorized the hiring of independent legal counsel Phillip Binotto to investigate the matter and hired the accounting firm of Cypher & Cypher to conduct the audits.

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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