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Ligonier official suspended for indefinite time

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Ligonier Township zoning officer Cynthia Angelo has been suspended from her duties without pay until further notice, Supervisor Tim Komar said Tuesday afternoon.

According to Komar, Angelo had been running a personal business using her township office computer, an action that violates the township employee manual.

Komar cited failure to perform duties and using the township computer for personal business as the main reasons for Angelo's suspension.

“I feel bad about the whole thing, but I have a job to do,” said Komar, adding that he thought of Angelo as both a co-worker and friend. “I'm looking out for the taxpayers. ... I was flabbergasted when I realized exactly what was going on. I don't want this to drag her through the gutter. I feel bad, but I have a job to do.”

The investigation into former supervisor Keith Whipkey's office activity led to the uncovering of proof of Angelo's activity, according to Komar, who would not give further details regarding the proof.

Angelo had been appointed as interim secretary treasurer in June after Whipkey's sudden resignation. Komar said a secretary-treasurer will be appointed most likely during a special supervisors meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday, which will address personnel issues.

The zoning office will be closed until further notice.

Angelo has worked for the township for 16 years, Komar said. He is unsure how long she had been conducting her personal business on the township office computer.

During the zoning board's meeting on Tuesday, Solicitor Mark Sorice served as Angelo's replacement.

Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or nchynoweth@tribweb.com.

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