** CLARIFICATION: WNEP may have gotten some things a little confused with this report we’re referencing. To be clear, we’ve been told, the two women quoted in the WNEP report below are not part of the current investigation into Halcovage. Article has been updated to reflect that these two women are not part of the current investigation, per our sources. **
Two accusers in the scandal surrounding Schuylkill County Commissioner George Halcovage stepped forward Tuesday to tell at least part of their story to the television media.
WNEP-TV reported Tuesday from outside the Schuylkill County Courthouse talking to two alleged victims of Halcovage’s workplace abuse. However, these two alleged victims were not part of the current investigation into Halcovage.
These tell-alls came to light just 12 hours before Wednesday’s regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting at the Courthouse. It’ll be the first meeting of this current administration where Halcovage isn’t Chairman. At last Wednesday’s work session meeting, Halcovage gave up chair of the Commissioners and got replaced by Boots Hetherington.
Halcovage Accusers Speak to WNEP
The two accusers who came forward to the TV news were Mary Beth Dougherty, an employee of State Sen. Dave Argall’s office, and former Schuylkill County Detective Dolly Malec.
Each, with their attorney, former Schuylkill County District Attorney Christine Holman, told WNEP’s Peggy Lee that Halcovage screamed at them on separate occasions.
The Bomb Threat
In October 2014, Mallec – who spoke out at last week’s Schuylkill Commissioners work session meeting and called Halcovage “King George” – said her incident with him came when she investigated a bomb threat at the Courthouse.
Mallec said her investigation included Halcovage.
She said, “He got extremely angry when I mentioned that he may know who the person was or it could have been something he did to upset someone.”
Halcovage didn’t like that, according to Mallec’s story.
“He started screaming at me and said, ‘I’m sick of this’,” Halcovage allegedly said.
Last week, Mallec told Commissioners and the public that Halcovage was demeaning when dealing with her.
“He talked to me like I wasn’t worth anything because I am a woman,” Mallec said last week. “He will make your life a living hell.”
The Elevator Incident
Less than 2 years later, in January 2016, is when Dougherty say she had her run-in with a screaming Halcovage.
The two were in an elevator at Schuylkill County Courthouse. Dougherty says Halcovage was giving her a rundown over an email she’d sent that he didn’t like, she told Lee.
When the elevator stopped, Halcovage allegedly acted out.
“He turned around and put his foot (stomping ground) … no doubt about it to block the elevator door and put his arm across to block me from having access to an exit,” Dougherty said Tuesday.
Dougherty added that she was shocked at what was happening.
“Ya know, this is a County Commissioner. I stood there and I thought, ‘I don’t believe this is happening to me’.”
Halcovage denies wrongdoing on current allegations and has indicated he’ll fight any accusations in court, should it come to that. He’s ignored several calls for him to resign as Schuylkill County Commissioner.
Malec and Dougherty are talking about older run-ins with Halcovage at the Courthouse.
In a statement issued by Schuylkill County Solicitor Glenn Roth, it’s noted that the allegations that brought this issue to light happened this year and presumably did not include Malec or Dougherty.
Check out the story as it appeared on the air Tuesday night on WNEP-TV: