Posted by Reblog: Lehigh Valley News.
Dolan could face criminal or civil sanctions upon an additional review pending by the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli announced.
The 20-member grand jury further recommended the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission further investigate Dolan’s actions to decide whether criminal or civil sanctions are appropriate, county District Attorney John Morganelli said Thursday in announcing the grand jury’s findings.
The grand jury’s report found Dolan had violated state ethics laws, a felony, Morganelli said.
Dolan could not immediately be reached for comment following an afternoon news conference held by the district attorney.
The grand jury was empaneled April 24 to begin investigating Dolan’s dual roles on city council and as executive director at the Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center at Illick’s Mill in Bethlehem, a role she had resigned a week prior, Morganelli said.
Its focus was twofold: a $127,959 debt owed by the center to the city, which subleased the mill to the nonprofit, and whether Dolan’s actions violated state ethics laws.
Both while as volunteer director of the center and after she began collecting a $2,000 monthly salary, which she had negotiated, starting in October 2013, Dolan used her position on city council to influence city policy, the grand jury found.
The grand jury made seven recommendations to the city, including that Dolan voluntarily resign from council within 14 days. Other recommendations dealt with new disclosures by city council and administrative employees about any for- or nonprofit organizations in which they are involved, and advice that they refrain from city business that could impact these organizations.
The Fox Center should also begin repaying the debt to the city in small increments, the grand jury found.