Penn Twp plans for Dean resignation

The Penn Township Advisory Board planned for a township without Jeff Dean after he announced his resignation.

Dean was accused of hiring his girlfriend, Sarah Sharp, as an administrative assistant and then paid her for work she didn't perform between May 1, 2008 and May 7, 2010.

On May 31 the prosecutor's office announced a plea agreement where Dean would plead guilty to charges of official misconduct and conflict of interest. In exchange they would drop the charge of theft.

During the June 5 advisory board meeting, Dean told the board he would not resign despite the plea agreement because "there's still work to be done" however on Monday he decided to resign effective July 13.

He also missed his final board meeting on Tuesday.

"It would have been nice if he had done it sooner, but I’m glad it wasn't later. This give us a little bit of leeway to get things straightened around the transition before anything major comes up," said advisory board president Charlie Gray.

The Democratic Party is expected to announce a date for a caucus to select a replacement on July 14. Until someone is selected Gray will serve as interim trustee.

"I kind of know the general outline of what happens, but having never been a trustee and not read the whole township guidelines I don't know what the day to day is, so it's going to be a daunting task and I want to make sure I’m doing the right thing," said Gray.

Gray added he isn't planning any radical changes for the month he will be in charge. The board agreed they were going to be pleased once the process is completed.

"Just to get that cloud that's hanging over the township, just get that out of the way. It will be good to turn the page," said Gray.

A judge is expected to decide whether to accept the plea agreement on July 30.

Sharp was also indicted on four felony counts of theft and ghost employment. She pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to appear in court in September.

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