An Aliquippa Councilman has filed an appeal of a judge’s ruling that orders him removed from office.
Aliquippa Councilman Robert E. Rager is appealing a ruling handed down by Beaver County Judge Gus Kwidis last week.
Judge Kwidis had ruled that Rager’s employment with the Aliquippa Water Authority created a conflict of interest that disqualified him from running for City Council in the last election. Judge Kwidis ordered Rager removed from office as a result.
A change in the law that occurred after the election could have allowed Rager to legally run for the seat, but Judge Kwidis determined legislators did not make that law retroactive when it was passed.
Aliquippa attorney John Havey filed an appeal to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania today on behalf of Robert Rager.
Rager sat during the last meeting of Aliquippa City Council and has vowed to remain in office pending his appeal.