Posted by on August 17, 2020 12:36 am

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A protest organized to force Schuylkill County Commissioner George Halcovage to resign has been moved back one day from its original date.

Organizer Marcus Riddell moved that protest to Thursday, Aug. 20, to coincide with the Schuylkill County Commissioners meeting held that day. The protest starts at 8 a.m. Thursday morning at the Courthouse in Pottsville.

Protest on Aug. 20 to Insist Halcovage Resign as Schuylkill County Commissioner

Normally, Commissioners meet on a Wednesday morning but this week, they’ll be attending the annual County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania conference. On Wednesday, CCAP will be hosting educational “breakout” sessions as part of the conference. This year’s event will be held virtually, so Commissioners will be participating online rather than in-person.

In light of that event, Commissioners scheduled this week’s regular meeting for Thursday, not Wednesday. So, Riddell moved the date of the protest to Thursday. Regardless of that, the Commissioners will meet virtually as they have for all but one meeting since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Riddell organized the protest after an internal County investigation revealed Halcovage violated 3 workplace policies, including sexual harassment/discrimination, and refused to resign despite repeated calls to do so.

Halcovage can only be removed from office by his own resignation, a criminal conviction, or impeachment and conviction, which happens through the General Assembly in Harrisburg. That process mirrors the impeachment process that happens in Washington D.C.

Riddell says if Halcovage doesn’t resign, he’ll file impeachment documents in Harrisburg that he believes will start the process to impeach Halcovage. If the State House votes to impeach Halcovage, the matter would move to the State Senate, which has conviction powers and would require a 2/3 majority to succeed.

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