The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

December 10, 2013

Firefighter accused of theft fired by city

By Joe Wiercinski
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON — “Effective today, he is no longer employed by the city,” City Manager Scott Andrejchak said Monday.

The decision followed a Nov. 25 hearing for Clepper that was prompted by the allegations against him.

The “Loudermill” hearing, named after a Supreme Court labor law case, is part of the legal due process required for government employees facing accusations of wrongdoing.

It is a separate proceeding from a criminal prosecution.

The hearing grants employees the opportunity to offer factual corrections in the case or otherwise respond to charges against them before they can be disciplined or fired by an employer.

Clepper had been on paid administrative leave pending the hearing.

He  was charged Nov. 18 with two counts of theft about two weeks after members of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 417 told police that money was missing from the union’s treasury. Clepper had been secretary for some time and did not keep good records, members said.

At his preliminary hearing Friday before District Justice Dennis M. Songer, Clepper waived the charges to Mercer County Common Pleas Court.

Cyndi Gilkey said at the hearing that Clepper is accused of stealing $5,150 and has repaid that amount to the union.

He remains free on a personal recognizance bond.