Investigation that led to firing of Bethlehem's finance director began in controller's workplace

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The investigation that led to the firing of Mark Sivak, Bethlehem’s funds and finance director, began within the workplace of the town’s unbiased monetary watchdog.

“I used to be trying into monetary irregularities involving Mark Sivak,” Controller George Yasso advised 69 Information on Tuesday. “That led to the police investigation.”

Yasso declined to say extra about Sivak or the investigation till Bethlehem police make an announcement. Sivak has not been charged with any crimes. 69 Information has not been capable of contact the previous finance and funds director.

Bethlehem’s funds and finance director terminated after investigation

After firing Sivak, the town put out an announcement Friday: “Mr. Sivak was formally terminated for violation of quite a few metropolis insurance policies following a Metropolis of Bethlehem investigation that started in January 2022. No extra data will probably be supplied at the moment, as Mr. Sivak’s conduct is the topic of an ongoing police investigation.”

The workplace of the controller is small, with three workers together with Yasso, but it surely has broad discretion to carry out monetary and operation audits on metropolis actions to establish and deter waste and fraud. The controller also can assessment inner controls, the accounting insurance policies designed to protect monetary integrity.

“This workplace is answerable for the assessment and approval of all expenditures and obligations of the Metropolis of Bethlehem,” in response to the town web site.

The workplace just isn’t as a lot within the public eye as these of different elected officers, reminiscent of mayors and metropolis council members. When Northampton County wanted a brand new controller final yr to fill a emptiness, Richard “Bucky” Szulborski, who had held the job earlier than, was the one applicant.

Yasso is a Democrat and has labored as a monetary marketing consultant and adviser.

Sivak labored for the Metropolis of Bethlehem for 15 years, and earlier than that he labored for the Metropolis of Allentown for 4 years, in response to his LinkedIn web page. He’s a former member of the Saucon Valley College District board.

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