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After mayor charged, what's next for Allentown?

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. - With Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski's 53 count indictment, what is next for the city?

Under the city's Home Rule Charter there is no impeachment power of a mayor.

However, if Pawlowski was to be convicted or pleads guilty, city council could then remove him from office.

If Pawlowski steps down before November's mayoral election, the city council president would become mayor for 30 days, and a special election would then be held for someone to finish the term.

If Pawlowski was to plead guilty or be convicted, and then win another term, he would not be able to serve.

"He would not be able to take office or hold office. If it went beyond that, a special election would be held," said Allentown City Council Vice President Daryl Hendricks.

Primary winners have until August 14th to remove their name from the November ballot.

If Pawlowski pleads guilty or is convicted between that date and the election, only a judge could remove his  name from the ballot.

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