Schuylkill County Commissioner was in the mood to fire someone on Wednesday. In fact, he wanted to fire 2 people but in the end, no one got fired and Boots got upset.
In a defiant statement read near the end of Wednesday’s regular board meeting, Boots scolded Commissioners Gary Hess and George Halcovage for their inaction on firing two Tax Claims employees the County says performed “unauthorized searches” of personal records using LexisNexis software.
Hess said he couldn’t vote to fire the employees – who happen to be 2 of the 4 Jane Doe plaintiffs in a federal civil lawsuit against Halcovage and other Courthouse officials – because the so-called investigation the County conducted to determine their guilt apparently didn’t include interviews with the accused.
Halcovage abstained from the personnel actions to fire these employees due to conflict of interest.
SNOOPGATE – Boots says “This is a total disgrace.”
Boots was not pleased with either and let them have it during his tirade at the end of Wednesday’s meeting. He told Halcovage, his Republican partner on the Commissioners board, to “resign immediately” over his lack of vote.
“He has assured me on multiple occasions over the last 2 years that he can conduct himself as Commissioner despite the pending federal litigation that he is facing. His abstention twice today is evidence that he is incapable of discharging his duties of the office as he swore to do so. He is not able to put aside his personal issues and properly act on behalf of the citizens of Schuylkill County. He needs to resign immediately,” Boots said.
To Hess’ concerns about the investigation, Boots said, “We delayed proper action twice and we engaged the independent law firm to conduct and view the matter, Again, Eckert Seamons confirmed the investigation was done properly and supported and proposed the action of termination.”
Boots then said, “As I previously stated, this entire investigation was viewed and supported by the independent law firm. I am greatly disappointed in both my colleagues for their lack of action today. This is an absolute disgrace.”
Hetherington has previously told Halcovage to resign amid the controversy swirling around the former Commissioners Chairman.
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