Posted by on September 29, 2020 3:03 am

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schuylkill county reopens halcovage investigation

The internal investigation into alleged misdoings by Schuylkill County Commissioner George Halcovage is apparently not over.

On Monday, The Canary learned that an agent from Hubric Resources, the third-party human resources firm the County hired on an interim basis, began scheduling meetings to re-investigate claims that Halcovage violated 3 different workplace policies in his treatment of 4 female Courthouse employees.

Hubric Resources, based in Wyomissing, Berks County, was recently contracted by Schuylkill County government to provide HR services in the absence of an HR director at the Courthouse.

That position remains vacant after Deborah Twigg abruptly resigned from the position earlier this month. The County is paying Hubric $125 an hour for its substitute HR services. And now, rather than just providing a behind-the-scenes HR service, this company is getting involved in the Halcovage investigation.

Outside HR Firm Restarts Halcovage #MeToo Investigation at Schuylkill County Courthouse

We learned Monday that the company is allegedly putting more than one agents on the case. Our attempt to reach the Hubric employee who’s setting up meetings to discuss the Halcovage situation with County employees was unsuccessful.

A source tells us that the investigation Hubric is carrying out does not involve any new alleged victims of Halcovage’s workplace behavior. Rather, it’s the 4 women and their accusations against Halcovage, specifically, that are the focus of the Hubric inquiry.

One of the things we wanted to know from Hubric and we’re attempting to uncover is who ordered this renewed investigation. What County official directed this interim HR firm to look at the issue again? What was the motivation for doing this?

This part of the Halcovage saga was supposed to be over. The County already determined that Halcovage violated several workplace policies, including protections from sexual harassment and intimidation.

In fact, the entire situation is currently being investigated by the Pennsylvania Attorney General to see if Halcovage could be held criminally responsible for his actions. If so, that could force Halcovage to step down as Schuylkill County Commissioner.

Halcovage denies all accusations against him, despite the finding from the County’s investigation.

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