WILKES-BARRE — An arbitrator upheld the city of Wilkes-Barre’s decision to suspend the contract of LAG Transport Inc. last year after criminal charges were filed against its owner Leo A. Glodzik III.
After the closed-door hearing was held on Jan. 9 at city hall arbitrator attorney Lewis Wetzel determined that the city’s suspension shall stand pending final disposition of Glodzik’s criminal case in Luzerne County Court. Anything other than a full acquittal is grounds for termination.
In a prepared statement Mayor Tom Leighton said that a premature suspension of this contract based on public opinion concerning contract violations would have resulted in substantial payments to the contractor for his loss of income.
“We completed a thorough investigation in the best interest of the City of Wilkes-Barre,” Leighton said. “I made the decision to suspend the contract at the appropriate time when I was certain it would be upheld by the arbitrator.”
“If I had succumbed to the public’s pressure to suspend the contract any earlier, the arbitrator most likely would not have upheld the decision and the city would have suffered a financial loss as a result,” stated Mayor Leighton.