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Ethics panel fines former North Strabane parks director

| Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, 1:12 p.m.

The Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission on Monday announced it fined the former parks and recreations director of North Strabane in Washington County $20,000 for using his previous position as township supervisor to get the parks director job.

As supervisor, J. Gregory Sulc Jr. participated in discussions and actions to establish the position of parks and recreation director, while having a “reasonable expectation” that he would be a candidate, according to the commission.

“We believe the fine was appropriate with the level of violation that the commission found,” said Rob Caruso, executive director of the commission.

When Sulc received a copy of the commission's decision in July, he filed a motion for reconsideration, which the commission denied.

In the motion, Sulc wrote that he had no reasonable expectation of being hired. He was parks director from January 2004 to March.

“When I submitted my name as candidate, I didn't know what the process was going to be,” he said. “I didn't know if I was going to make it to the next step because I was not privy to those conversations.”

Sulc said he sent a copy of his motion for reconsideration to the state attorney general's office and state Commonwealth Court.

The commission also fined Sulc for failing to file a timely statement of financial interest in 2009 and for failing to disclose direct and indirect sources of income on statements of financial interest filed in 2006-08 and 2010-11, according to the commission.

The commission directed him to file with the township an amended statement of financial interests disclosing all required information. He said he did so in February.

Megan Henney is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at mhenney@tribweb.com.

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