Pa. AG wants 3 Hershey Trust board members to resign, and to lower pay

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | May 3, 2016 12:33 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Elementary school students work on their reading during class quiet time at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007.

(Harrisburg) -- The state Attorney General's office is asking the charity that controls the Milton Hershey School to remove three members from its board and reduce compensation for the remaining officers.

The letter, sent in February by a chief deputy Attorney General, says the Hershey Trust has violated conditions of a 2013 agreement with the office.

It says some board members have been paid too much money, and compensation should be reset using an independent consultant.

And it also calls for three board members to resign - since they've been serving for more than a decade.

WITF obtained a copy of the letter.

Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General's Letter to Hershey Trust lawyer by Ben Allen

The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported its existence.

Charitable trusts in Pennsylvania are overseen by the state Attorney General's Office.

The Hershey Trust has $12 billion in assets, and is charged with operating the Milton Hershey School for low-income children.

It is the majority shareholder in the Hershey Company and owner of the Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company.

A Trust spokesman has said it's fully cooperating with the state Attorney General's office and hopes to resolve the concerns.

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