Berks elections officials turn potential election code violation over to DA

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May 25—An allegation that a Berks County employee violated the state election code has been turned over to local authorities for investigation.

At a meeting of the board of elections Thursday, First Assistant County Solicitor Cody Kauffman said an issue was brought to the attention of the board regarding an employee and an alleged violation of the election code.

Kauffman did not provide the name of the employee, what position they hold or what aspect of the election code they may have violated.

His announcement followed a nearly 15-minute executive session in which the allegation was discussed in greater detail. Berks County Commissioner Lucine Sihelnik, chairwoman of the board, had called for the executive session citing the issue as a personnel matter.

Berks Judge James Gavin, who serves as vice chairman of the board, recused himself from the executive session discussion, saying he felt it was necessary that he not participate. He did not elaborate on why he felt that was the case.

Kauffman said he believed it would be appropriate for the election board to refer the issue to the district attorney's office for further review and investigation. Sihelnik and Berks Judge Jill Gehman Koestel agreed and voted to forward the case to the district attorney's office.

No further discussion or details were provided.