Former consultant to convicted Allentown mayor loses law license

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 9, 2018 5:00 AM

John Potak, of Allentown, holds a sign as Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski speaks to members of the media to announce his resignation in Allentown. (AP Photo/Matt Smith)

(Allentown) -- A former consultant to the mayor of Allentown who was convicted on charges that he traded city contracts for campaign cash has been suspended from practicing law.

Jim Hickey's law license was placed under temporary suspension by the Disciplinary Board of the state Supreme Court.

He previously pleaded guilty in December to honest services wire fraud and mail fraud as a co-defendant in a federal corruption case against Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

Hickey's attorney says his client has been cooperating, and there will be "additional disciplinary consideration" of his license.

Pawlowski says he is resigning, effective at 5:00 p.m. today .

The 52-year-old Democrat has served as the mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city for a dozen years.

The city council president will serve as acting mayor.

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