AG: 'No reason to prosecute' alleged election law violations in York County commissioner's office


The state Attorney General's Office won't be filing charges in connection with alleged election law violations in the York County commissioners' office.

The state's top law enforcement office launched an investigation after allegations surfaced about a York County employee doing political campaign work for Commissioner Chris Reilly inside the county administration building on county time.

On Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the Attorney General's Office said the investigation is now closed and no charges will be filed.

"We found that it didn't rise to the level of criminal activity," said Sadie Martin, an office spokeswoman. "We didn't find a reason to prosecute."

Moving on: Reilly, when reached by phone, said he's ready to put the entire thing behind him and move forward.

"Certainly I feel vindicated," he said. "I'm ready to get back to talking about all the great things we are doing in county government."

The state investigation was launched after Zachary Hearn, a former county employee, wrote a letter to the York County District Attorney's office asking for an investigation.

The district attorney forwarded the letter to the Attorney General's Office because of a conflict of interest, Martin said.

In August, Bob Kefauver, then chairman of the Democratic Party of York County, filed a separate complaint with the state Ethics Commission.

"Career-politician Chris Reilly previously admitted to a violation of the law which was, at a minimum, poor judgment and a breach of the public trust," Kefauver said. "His actions resulted in an unnecessary expense to local taxpayers."

Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township, previously compared the allegations to Reilly letting his dog poop on the sidewalk and not cleaning it up, a minor offense.

"I guess residents of York County can let their dogs poop on the sidewalk, not pick it up and not be prosecuted for it," Hearn said.

What happened: The county commissioners' administrative assistant, Hilary Kilburn, served as Reilly's campaign treasurer, and she admitted to doing some politicking on his behalf on the taxpayers' dime.

Kilburn said she addressed some campaign mail for the Republican's campaign to get re-elected while at work.

Reilly took full responsibility for the infraction, saying it was a one-time mistake made by someone who isn't familiar with election laws.

"The AG found what I've been saying for nine months," Reilly said Tuesday. "It happened and we corrected it immediately."

Also running for county commissioner are incumbents Independent Steve Chronister and Democrat Doug Hoke and challengers Republican Susan Byrnes and Democrat Henry Nixon.

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