SUNBURY — An external report looking into the working relationship between the Sunbury mayor and police chief has been completed, city officials confirmed Monday. Council members said they have been told by the city's solicitor not to speak about the review heading into a third executive session today.
The report, ordered by former Mayor Dave Persing into claims made Police Chief Tim Miller about Mayor Kurt Karlovich, has been delivered to the City Council for review. The law firm of Campbell Durrant Beatty Palombo & Miller P.C. of Pittsburgh, concluded the external report last week.
Council members Beth Kremer, Jim Eister, Rick Reichner and Chris Reis said they've been instructed by city solicitor Brianna Apfelbaum Kula not to discuss the report. So far, all four council members have followed Apfelbaum's advice.
Apfelbaum Kula did not comment Monday.
Karlovich did not respond Monday to a message seeking comment and Miller, who was not at work Monday, claimed he was on vacation and refused comment.
Miller's attorney Jim Best, of Sunbury, also declined comment.
Persing, in a December council meeting, said the report was needed after Miller accused Karlovich of threatening the chief's job.
Karlovich denied the allegations during the public meeting. In January, Karlovich and Miller shook hands in public and read a prepared statement claiming it was a misunderstanding.
Karlovich read the prepared statement during the meeting, noting he wanted to address the issue between the two that originated from “miscommunication by one and a misunderstanding by another.” Karlovich and council then renewed Miller's contract for an additional three years.
Two executive sessions were held last week and another is planned for later today. Council members declined to comment on what the meetings were about.
Persing said Monday he was unaware the report was finished and he would not be privy to the information since he is no longer in office. Persing said he was unsure what the cost would be to taxpayers for the report. The Daily Item has requested a copy of the report.
One of the topics of discussion in the executive sessions could possibly be officer Steve Mazzeo, who was placed on administrative leave by Persing on Dec. 29. Mazzeo, who served as police chief from 2008 through May 2014, was placed on leave after Persing said an internal investigation revealed multiple violations of department rules and regulations.
Council members would not comment on the Mazzeo situation. Mazzeo also said he could not comment Monday when reached by phone.
City Council meets Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. inside City Hall on Market Street.
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