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Bethlehem official cleared of ethical breach

Company owned by Business Administrator David Brong was doing business with city

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Bethlehem Business Administrator David Brong has been cleared of any breach of ethics involving his ownership of a company that was doing business with the city.

Brong is part owner of Barnsdale Associates, which was being paid to remove debris from city property.

Mayor Robert Donchez ordered the city to stop doing business with Barnsdale when he learned of Brong's involvement in June.

City Solicitor William P. Leeson issued a 15-page report Thursday, after reviewing the matter.

"The solicitor has concluded that the evidence did not show Mr. Brong had actual knowledge of the Barnsdale contract," said Donchez.

"Based upon the report, no corrective action will be taken against Mr. Brong. "

Donchez had requested the solicitor review circumstances surrounding the city entering into a contract with Barnsdale Associates.

"I am pleased to hear the conclusion of this review," said Donchez.

"Mr. Brong brings a wealth of operations and budgeting knowledge to City Hall. I am glad to continue working with Dave in serving the citizens of the City of Bethlehem."

The mayor also said: "I have used this opportunity to remind my department heads that my administration will operate in a transparent manner, always putting the interest of our residents first."


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