Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Coal Region Canary
Coal Region CanaryCoal Region Canary

Local News

Halcovage Steps Aside as Schuylkill Commissioners Chairman

george halcovage schuylkill county commissioner

george halcovage schuylkill county commissioner

During Wednesday’s Schuylkill County Commissioners work session meeting, embattled George Halcovage “stepped aside” as Commissioners Chairman. Then-vice chairman Boots Hetherington was voted in as Chairman of the Commissioners board in his place.

“I don’t need a job. I’m here to serve,” Hetherington said.

Halcovage will stay on as County Commissioner, it appears, for the duration of any potential litigation which involves him and women filing complaints of sexual harassment, verbal abuse, and disciplinary abuse.

On Tuesday, Schuylkill County Solicitor Glenn Roth released a report suggesting Halcovage was guilty of violating 3 separate county employee policies, including sexual harassment.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Halcovage Steps Aside as Schuylkill County Commissioners Chairman

Though that Solicitors report says Halcovage did violate 3 workplace policies, he can’t be fired like a regular employee at the Schuylkill County Courthouse. His removal from office can only come from himself (through resignation), criminal conviction, or impeachment.

Halcovage denies the allegations and appears ready for a legal battle over them.

“During this time, I’m going to be stepping aside as chair,” Halcovage said at the top of the work session meeting. He said he wanted to step aside as Chairman of the Commissioners board “as not to distract from the business of the county.”

He indicated he’d stay on the board through the course of any potential litigation that may come from the workplace allegations against him.

Halcovage then handed the gavel to fellow Commissioner Boots Hetherington to preside over the Public Comment portion of the work session meeting.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.


Subscribe to Coal Region Canary

Get email updates from Coal Region Canary by becoming a subscriber today. Just enter your email address below to get started!

News Tips?

Let us know of news happening in your area. Use our NEWS TIPS ENTRY FORM


  1. Pingback: Solicitor Says Schuylkill County Commissioner Halcovage Violated Sexual Harassment Policy - Coal Region Canary

  2. Jim

    July 1, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Poor guy. # me too claims another one.

    • Nomar Pedez

      July 1, 2020 at 8:11 pm

      Not so sure on this. Complaints seem legit.

  3. Pingback: Hess Says Halcovage Should Consider Stepping Down as Schuylkill County Commissioner - Coal Region Canary

  4. Pingback: Former County Detective: "King George" Halcovage "Will Make Your Life a Living Hell" - Coal Region Canary

  5. Pingback: Schuylkill Clerk of Courts Calls Halcovage a "Serial Perpetrator" Who "Prowls the Hallways" - Coal Region Canary

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like

Local News

Several Schuylkill County residents say they recently found bizarre printed messages inside packages of items purchased at local grocery stores. The Canary spoke with...

Local Weather

How much are we really going to get? Some say it's still too soon to tell.

PA News

Flights arriving in the cover of night to NEPA.

Local Weather

Slightly more snow expected for Schuylkill County.

Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

Hamburg Area School District may be joining Tamaqua Area in defying the indoor mask mandate announced by the administration of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf...

Local News

Back on March 10, a call came in to the Schuylkill County 9-1-1 dispatch center. Crews with Minersville’s Goodwill Fire Co. and EMS needed...