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Council Mum After Resident's Call for Apologies, Accountability

A Nazareth resident's impassioned plea for accountability and apologies from two Nazareth Borough Council members fails to resonate.

When a borough resident asked for an apology and some accountability from two Nazareth Borough Council members who recently found themselves on the wrong side of the law, she was told, "He who lives in a glass house shouldn't throw stones."

Monday night's eight-member Council -- Councilwoman Cynthia Werner was absent -- remained silent during Korine Behler's impassioned plea.

"What I see is a lack of morals and a lack of leadership," she said. "When you take [a position on Council], there are standards you should be held to."

Behler added that Council members Larry Stoudt and Christian Audenried "made an embarrassment out of Nazareth."

Audenried, who was tapped to replace Rev. William Matz, pleaded guilty Jan. 24 to a summary charge of public drunkenness, according to court records.

One day after Audenried took his newly appointed seat on Nazareth Borough Council, he was found slumped behind the wheel of his car with a bottle of vodka nearby, according to police. His car was parked outside the Giant in Lower Nazareth Township.

Stoudt was charged Oct. 9 with allegedly trying to interfere with a state police undercover investigation. According to a criminal complaint, he allegedly asked Police Chief Thomas Trachta to run the driver's license of a suspected liquor enforcement officer in an attempt to protect the local American Legion post from undercover, prying eyes.

Stoudt has applied for acceptance into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program for first-time offenders.

Behler asked Council to hold the men accountable for their actions.

"When we sit here and act like nothing happened, it doesn't help anyone move forward," she said. "And how can we trust any of you when you’re not holding [Stoudt and Audenried] accountable?"

The only response to Behler's comments came from Councilman Frank Maurek, who asked those in attendance to rise if they've ever done something undesirable.

He angrily added, "He who lives in a glass house shouldn't throw stones."

JASON GABRIEL February 05, 2013 at 07:27 AM
Its a shame. A conviction of M1 (misdemeanor 1st degree) prevents a person from being a police officer, completely. A summary offense of public drunk would absolutely garner a suspension, or dismissal of an officer. To quote "we have the misfortune to have received the bottom of the barrel". Just who then, I ask is the barrel comprised of or held by. Mr. MAUREK, there is a huge difference between undesireable and ILLEGAL. To aid you sir, undesireable is picking your nose in public, whereas illegal is AGAINST THE LAW. Breaking the law, sir, comes with punishment and reprimands, sometimes forfeiture of property or goods. It can even cost a person thier job. Except in Nazareth PA goodness no. Mr. MAUREK, you may be thankful that being a pompus ass, is not a crime. Be thankful, for you are very good at it. To each Council member: you have breached the sanctity of trust of the very people who elected you. It is a shame, and a disgrace to say the very least. At the next meeting, dont bother with roll call: for you all are un-accountable.
alivettg February 05, 2013 at 11:38 AM
That " glass house" comment went to prove my point... They all would rather justify the behavior than hold them responsible! A little humility could go a long way, but NOT in Nazareth! Nope!! If only citizens would come to these meetings and see the garbage that goes on! How the Newspapers are delivered was the hottest issue for Gods sake.... Not police or cutting funding for the unnecessary things like disposable xmas trees or fairly appointing a EMP, nope.... Newspapers!! Nope, certainly not discussing a code of conduct!! Can we only imagine the next generation that will need take over... Anything goes!! Disgraceful!!
rick troxell February 05, 2013 at 07:45 PM
the saga is almost over. 2013 will be the year that the Borough is given away by the council. all will become clear in the coming months just how true the lack of public representation on council is. Korin was correct in that Council members should be held to a higher standard as all public servants should be. For them to apologize and or step down is a reasonable statement. For all of us in future elections to remember these acts is a must. I would consider any persons mistake,just that, if they acknowledge it themselves and as a public servant address it to the public. Otherwise I would have no trust or respect moving forward.
Jeff Fassl February 06, 2013 at 02:59 AM
I have sat quite to long watching our town explode and crumble to the very hands of our local Government that we voted in. Colonial Hospitality has died in our once highly respected town. First, our local government needs to stop micro managing every aspect of our department heads and let them perform there jobs. Micromanaging only destroys morale; Second the EMA re-appointment is disturbing to me. The person selected is totally qualified however the reason given by council makes zero sense. The position should be a highway employee because they will be out anyway. Well Mr. Councilman go back to school and learn a little information on EMA responsibilities. I will highlight a few for you. Evacuation plans including egress, Emergency shelter preparedness, Disaster plans, Emergency Supply chain, Mass notification of public address system, Resource management and the list goes on. It’s not just being out cutting trees and moving branches and being out As I stated before Jim Collins will do fine however the reason is sub standard. Third, we need to go from a 9 council seats to a 5 and higher a Borough Manager who can actually run our town.
sherry February 18, 2013 at 08:34 PM
I'm late looking into my email and Patch news articles so this is not a timely comment, but I feel it needs to be said. My mom recently died but one thing she always taught me to acknowledge my mistakes to those affected. Apparently, these two councilmen won't do that and the rest of the councilmen are okay with that. None of these people are deserving of a second term and the two law-breaking councilmen deserve a swift kick off the council. Before you throw the "glass house argument" in my face. Of course I have made mistakes in my life (i'm human)...but I've also said I'm sorry to those involved. For any councilman who is held up by the community to a higher standard to be silent and not have the good character to own up to his/her mistakes is not someone who deserves to be on council.

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