O-R appealing denial to Cecil’s audit of special police fund

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Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records is expected to rule next month whether Cecil Township must release to the public its internal audit of the police department’s special account.


The Observer-Reporter submitted a right-to-know request for the audit April 2, but the township denied its release citing a litany issues, including that it involves a criminal investigation.


The newspaper on May 30 appealed that decision to the state’s Office of Open Records, which has 30 days to rule on the request. However, the office also notified the newspaper it is moving from its temporary office in Harrisburg to a permanent location, meaning the decision could be delayed by another week.


The independent audit of the equitable sharing account coincided with the resignation of long-time township police Chief John Pushak. The township supervisors accepted his resignation April 1 after he was placed on administrative leave in February.Township Manager Don Gennuso last month told the Observer-Reporter that state police were investigating the special fund and had spoken to the municipality’s solicitor about the situation.


Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone would neither confirm nor deny if there was an investigation into the account.


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