Voters are atwitter about the financial mess and open nepotism in the office of Schuylkill County Prothonotary David Dutcavich.
Dutcavich is not providing his office’s financial records. County Controller Christy Joy wants to see them. He’s asked twice.
Crickets, so far, from Dutcavich.
Dutcavich is retiring at the end of his second term as Prothonotary in November.
Is he trying to run out the clock on his term? Doesn’t seem that way.
He recently fanned flames of suspicion by hiring longtime friend and political ally Al Gricoski as his First Deputy. He’s getting $34,435 per year in that job. Also, he operates a funeral home in Frackville under his name.
Gricoski’s wife is a longtime deputy in Dutcavich’s office.
“The courthouse has always been rife with nepotism and cronyism, but this is a bit much even by our low standards,” one county employee tells me.
“You have a row office essentially being run by a husband and wife team. They’re both friends of a departing incumbent who appears to have something serious to hide. And Al Gricoski wants to be the new Prothonotary? It just isn’t right,” they add.
The courthouse has been plagued by corruption and scandal for many years. That voters are now looking at the Prothonotary’s office with a jaundiced eye. That’s confirmed by the fact that four Republicans are preparing a primary campaign to challenge Gricoski.
Historically, two candidates from one party for a minor row office has been the high-water mark.
Schuylkill GOP Puts Up 4 to Challenge Gricoski for Prothonotary
Padora operates a well-known Tamaqua bakery.
He’s popular among county conservatives. He is an ardent Trump supporter. And he is a vocal critic of political corruption.
Many in the know view Padora as having the cleanest motive for seeking office – reform. Padora also has the strongest Republican bona fides, and thus the best odds of topping the field.
Labooty owns the popular Greystone Restaurant in Pottsville.
He has the backing of former District Attorney Christine Holman. His agenda for gay rights and other liberal views could be a political millstone in a GOP primary.
Miller helps operate the construction company her husband’s family founded.
For years, Miller registered as a Democrat. She only recently switched to the GOP. And, this raises eyebrows among party faithful. More concerning, the family enterprise is enmeshed in civil litigation. The county Prothonotary, in part, oversees civil lawsuits.
This conflict will not sit well with voters on either side of the aisle.
Daub is chairman of the Schuylkill County Republican Committee.
Observers say Daub, also an ally of Holman, isn’t a serious contender but rather a foil for Labooty.
Six years ago, Daub ran for district magisterial judge to foil for Holman ally David Rossi, the eventual winner.
Candidates for all offices are presently circulating nominating petitions to get themselves on the ballot. The primary is May 21.