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Suspended Dubois City Manager Fired

Suspended Dubois City Manager Herm Suplizio has officially been fired.

During a re-organizational meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Dubois City Council voted 3 to 2 to terminate Suplizio from the post.

Council members James Aughenbaugh and Shane Dietz cast the dissenting votes.

Suplizio faces a variety of charges related to the alleged embezzlement of more than half-a-million dollars from the city.

In November, Suplizio and a fellow city employee were federally indicted following an investigation into allegations that the two conspired to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from city funds.

Suplizio was initially arrested in March following a lengthy investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office into the alleged theft and embezzlement.

In August, the city council approved a “buyout” of Suplizio’s contract, which sparked controversy and outcry from the public.

A Clearfield County judge later approved an injunction to halt the buyout process.

During a hearing in late November, the state withdrew its charges against Suplizio, allowing the case to be solely prosecuted by the federal government.

If convicted, Suplizio faces up to 45 years in prison, as well as a $1.2 million fine, according to federal authorities.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the council voted 3 to 2 to accept the resignation of city solicitor Toni Cherry.

Aughenbaugh and Dietz cast the dissenting votes.


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