Court Reviews Fine In Case That Could Rewrite Nepotism Rules

Aug 7, 2019
Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania's highest court will determine whether the head of a township roadwork crew in the Poconos must pay $30,000 over approving timecards for his son, in a case that could alter the state's anti-nepotism rules.

The state Supreme Court said Tuesday it will review the case of John Sivick, who was ordered to pay the money over the financial benefit from his actions that went to his son.

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During his campaign, Tom Wolf pitched himself as "a different kind of governor." He made good on a promise to donate his salary to charity and refuses to drive a state car. Upon taking office, he swiftly enacted a gift ban for the executive branch and has been known to refuse freebies, such as a bottle of water.

But the Wolf administration has continued one political tradition--nepotism.