Court calls for removal of Delco mayor following discovery of criminal past

Justin Udo
January 02, 2019 - 6:33 pm
A Delaware County mayor finds himself out of a job following court order saying he is not fit to hold that position.

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MORTON, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A Delaware County mayor finds himself out of a job following court order saying he is not fit to hold that position.

In 1988, Bruce Edward Blunt was convicted of felony aggravated assault following a disturbance at a Houlihan's bar.

"He resisted arrested, not only that he punched one of the officers in the face and assaulted two others, causing all three to require medical attention," said Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland.  

Copeland says the now 54-year-old Blunt was elected as mayor of Morton Borough in November 2017.

But soon after, her office called for his removal.

"An individual who has been convicted of felony offenses is not permitted under our state constitution and our state law to hold office here in our commonwealth," said Copeland. 

She calls Blunt's actions disappointing.

"He violated the law by assuming the position of mayor, wasting obviously valuable time of our voters, and breaching their trust in some ways, compromising our electoral process. He's incapable of holding that position, and therefore is going to be required to step down immediately," Copeland said. 

Copeland says it will be up to the borough to decide on who will replace Blunt.