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Councilman Files Complaint Against Economy Solicitor Over Resignation Controversy

The Economy Borough council member who was barred from participating in a key meeting over a resignation controversy has filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Roger Kowal, a newly elected member of council, said Economy solicitor Joseph Askar prevented him from participating in a Jan. 6 reorganization meeting after he failed to show proof of his resignation from Ambridge school board. Kowal was not sworn in as a council member at the time, due to his failure to show proof.

Although state law considers it a conflict of interest to serve on a school board and a municipal council, the law contains no basis for an official having to submit proof of resignation.

Kowal previously told BeaverCountian.com that he did resign, by submitting a resignation letter to the Ambridge school board president on Jan. 4. He also said that he sent a copy of the same letter to the Economy borough police department prior to the Jan. 6 meeting, at the mayor’s request.

The complaint Kowal filed on Feb. 7 alleges that Askar obstructed him from taking his oath of office and cited BeaverCountian.com’s reporting on the subject.

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Sam Bojarski
Sam Bojarski
Sam Bojarski is a BeaverCountian.com contributing reporter who focuses on business development and the environment. When not writing, he can be seen running through city parks, reading history or playing his mandolin.

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rick
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rick

Mr. Joe Askar should step down in my mind he cost beaver county alot of money with friendship ridge.

Sardonicus
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Sardonicus

They look alike to me.

economyresident
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economyresident

As I understand it, Mr Askar did his due diligence prior to Councils organization meeting and Acted according to Harrisburg’s direction. I guess time will tell but, seriously, Roger, accept your lot like a man and quit crying. It’s not a becoming look on you.

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