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WILKES-BARRE — Mayor Tom Leighton has released a statement regarding the future of Leo A. Glodzik III's suspended towing contract:
 
“In response to last night's Wilkes-Barre City Council meeting, Mayor Thomas M. Leighton stated that a decision will be made in due time after the legal process for termination has been followed relative to the LAG towing contract,” the statement read.
 
“I would expect that Councilman Tony George, as an ex-law enforcement official, understands that the legal process for terminating LAG's towing contract must take place before final action can be taken,” Leighton added.
 
Glodzik's future as a city towing contractor was the subject of discussion at City Hall this week as his sentencing in a theft case loomed.
 
By a 5-0 vote, council passed a resolution Thursday night, made by George, asking Leighton to terminate the contract, which was suspended May 31, 2013, the day Glodzik was arrested.
 
An arbitrator ruled in favor of the mayor in January and said Leighton could terminate the contract if there was a disposition “other than an innocent verdict.”
 
Glodzik, who was convicted by a jury in May, was sentenced Friday to spend three to 12 months behind bars.
 
The day Glodzik was charged, Leighton hired Falzone Towing on a monthly basis. Falzone agreed to pay the city $4,170 a month for the exclusive contract. Over a 12-month period the fee equalled the $50,050 LAG paid for its exclusive contract.
 
George had called for terminating the contract several times before the charges were filed on May 31, 2013.

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