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Leetsdale councilman, ex-councilman found guilty of ethics violations, must pay

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Thursday, March 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

A former Leetsdale councilman and a current councilman must pay money to the borough and the state for violating the state Ethics Act.

Councilman Roger Nanni and former councilman Michael Bajsec used their positions as elected officials to get work for family members, a report from the State Ethics Commission said.

Bajsec declined to comment. Nanni could not be reached for comment.

In the report, investigators said Bajsec helped to get his wife, Sandra, a job as junior clerk in the borough office.

Bajsec asked Nanni, then-council president, to consider his wife for an office opening resulting from the death of Lynn Kohlmeyer in July 2010, according to the report, which was mailed in February.

Bajsec participated in votes approving payment of benefits that included insurance for him and his wife, the report said.

The commission ordered Bajsec to pay the borough $2,000 and the commission $1,000. He is barred from holding public office for one year.

Nanni must pay the borough $2,050 and the commission $1,000.

Nanni violated the Ethics Act when his son, Scott Nanni, performed work starting in 2007 related to the borough's website and servers, and received payment for doing so.

Council President Joe McGurk said Wednesday that he was “happy it's over.”

McGurk, who along with three other council members ran for council in 2011 while questioning those in office at the time, said there are checks and balances “that should keep this from ever happening.”

“There's also a different feel for behavior among the current council than the former group,” he said.

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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