City Council to Meet amid FBI Investigation Concerns

SCRANTON, Pa. -- The mayor of Scranton returned to work Monday morning following news that the FBI raided city offices and his home last week.

We've learned that Mayor Bill Courtright has hired a lawyer, but there was no other message to city residents since the raids.

Members of city council tell us Mayor Courtright was at City Hall for his regular Monday morning staff meeting but left soon after.

Council members and taxpayers alike say they hope to see the city government getting back to normal after news broke last week of an FBI investigation.

Joan Hodowanitz of Scranton came to City Hall with questions about how government will function while under federal investigation, a conundrum Scranton taxpayers are becoming accustomed to.

"All three taxing authorities are under investigation. The school district and the county are being investigated by the state attorney general and the state police, and now the FBI is investigating the city," Hodowanitz said.

FBI agents visited City Hall offices and Mayor Bill Courtright's home last week. Since then, rumors have been rampant and Mayor Courtright has largely avoided public comment.

"There's a lot of rumors running around, and someone needs to get ahead of this because those rumors are going to cause a lot of trouble in the city, as the city tries to move forward," Hodowanitz added.

Scranton City Councilman Wayne Evans says he and the rest of the council have been in the dark about the investigation.

"If people are coming expecting answers about what's going on, they're not going to get them as far as the ongoing investigation, but we want to assure people we are doing our very best to, number one, find out what we can find out, but also, make sure things are operating as best they can," Evans said.

Evans hopes the investigation isn't too much of a setback for the city which may exit the state's financially distressed status this year.

"We had really set up 2019 as the year we would really get some more positive things done. We concentrated on some of the major financial issues. We put most of those behind us, and I think was the year we were going to get done things that which have tangible results for the future," said Evans.

One of those new things, ironically, is a new set of ethics rules for city employees. City council is holding a public hearing on the ethics legislation at 5:30 p.m. Monday with their regular meeting starting at 6 p.m.

4 comments

  • sflhickory2671

    Scranton- stop voting democrat! There has not been a changing of the guard in decades – maybe something different could help?! Oh, I forgot, the union you probably work for would fire you if you didn’t vote democrat. Carry on, then. Die poor, unhealthy, and bitter – as long as you stay true to your party…

  • Mike Bush

    fire everyone of them and start over.its what scranton needs.politics is whats ruining our beautiful city

  • donny hud43987

    Scranton PA!!! Lol, most crooked county in the STATE!!!! IT NEED TO BE REPLACED!! BECAUSE ITS BEYOND REPAIR!!!!

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