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Forty Fort probe to focus on code office, not one person

July 03. 2013 12:30AM
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FORTY FORT — An investigation that borough council ordered Monday night is focused on the borough Code Enforcement Office and not any one person, the borough solicitor and code enforcement supervisor said Tuesday.

Solicitor Sam Falcone said the investigation is for the purpose of “vetting out conflicting allegations involving more than one person in the department and is not intended to focus on any one person in the department.”

The investigation will involve going through all of the records pertaining to every employee in the department, said Code Enforcement Supervisor Steve Nowroski. In addition to Nowroski, the department has one full-time and one part-time employee.

“There are allegations that someone in my department has been providing preferential treatment to political figures in the community,” said Nowroski. “When this investigation is complete, all of the facts will be revealed.”

In addition to its own borough, the Forty Fort Code Enforcement Office covers the municipalities of Kingston and Wyoming.

Borough council voted to order an investigation after a 24-minute executive session to discuss the issue. Falcone had informed council just before the meeting of allegations he had heard.

Falcone said he was contacted by some concerned borough citizens in the last two weeks who said they were victims of political targeting while others received favorable treatment. Falcone said when he became aware of the four allegations, he became concerned and contacted council President Joe Chacke. Falcone said Chacke told him he was also aware of other allegations.

Falcone recommended attorney John G. Dean of Eliot, Greenleaf & Dean. Dean’s hourly rate is $165, with a maximum cost of $4,000. Council voted to use Dean for the investigation.

Falcone encouraged anyone with concerns to come forward.

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