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Former borough manager says Munhall councilman misspoke

| Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 3:51 a.m.

Former Munhall manager Matt Galla said he can prove council members lied about his status as a bonded employee at an emergency meeting.

On Saturday, Galla released his first public statement since abruptly resigning from the post last June, answering critics, including Mayor Raymond Bodnar and several council members, who have blamed him for the borough's dire financial state.

On Monday, he emailed another press release to The Daily News to correct a misstatement he says was made by Councilman Rob Falce in answer to a constituent's question.

“Even when (certain council members) are trying to crucify me and paint me the villain, they can't even be honest with their constituents,” he said.

Galla said he watched video of the council meeting and caught Falce in a lie when a resident asked if the former manager had signed a continuous public official bond to insure against any potential losses to the borough because of misconduct.

“He was advised to be bonded,” Falce said. “It was (accounted for) in the budget, the money was there and it wasn't used to get bonded. Did we double-check it? We did not.”

However, Galla forwarded an unsigned copy of a $35,000 bond dated June 21, 2011 — about six months after he was appointed manager. Much of the information on the document, including the insurance company that issued the bond, was redacted by Galla to protect his personal information.

“They claimed in earnest that I did not have one and that I lied to them,” said Galla. “What do they say now? They have just demonstrated in a public meeting that they can't be honest.”

Falce said he couldn't comment until he sees a copy of the document.

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1970, or tkaran@tribweb.com.

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