POTTSVILLE, Pa. – The Schuylkill County solicitor released a statement mentioning “serious allegations” against Commissioner George Halcovage.
The statement mentions claims of sexual harassment by several women who work for the county, and said one woman even got a lawyer. It also states that Halcovage is denying many of the allegations.
“Being personnel issues and possible litigation, we can’t really get into comment, however, all I was looking to do was make sure due process takes place, that we are able to respond at the right times,” said Halcovage.
The solicitor’s statement said no complaints were made prior to May 22 of this year and that the county did determine that Halcovage violated three policies.
Halcovage said he will not resign, but he will step down as chairman of the commissioners.
“I made the decision to step aside for now as chairman of the Schuylkill County commissioners,” Halcovage said. “I’m still a commissioner. I’m not resigning, but again, just to try to keep some distraction away from the workings of the county.”
The solicitor’s statement also said the administration can’t discipline a fellow commissioner or remove him from office absent a criminal conviction or impeachment.
“All we are looking to do is go through the process,” Halcovage said. “There is a process that’s involved. There has been a report. Just want to make sure all the facts come out when they come out in due time.”
Commissioner Barron Hetherington will assume the role of chairman of the county commissioners.
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