A Clearfield County judge has approved a temporary injunction in the buyout process of suspended DuBois city manager Herm Suplizio.
According to court documents filed Friday, three DuBois area residents, which include two incoming city council members, filed the injunction against Suplizio and several members of DuBois city government.
Suplizio was charged in March following an attorney general investigation into allegations that he embezzled over $600,000 from various city bank accounts.
Earlier this month, the DuBois city council approved a “buyout” of Suplizio’s remaining contract.
The plaintiffs argue that a buyout of Suplizio while he is under investigation is not only a violation of the city’s personnel code but would “financially handcuff” the incoming city council members.
They also argue that any payments would directly hinder the ongoing merger process of DuBois and Sandy Township, which has also been put on hold due to the investigation.
President Judge Fredric Ammerman approved the injunction and any payments to Suplizio have been halted.
A follow-up hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning.