Last week, Schuylkill County Commissioners voted to fund a contract with Experian to offer credit monitoring service to more than 9,000 people.
Those 9,000 people may or may not have had their identities compromised when two Tax Claims office employees allegedly conducted more than 300 “unauthorized searches” using the LexisNexis computer software.
The County has twice tried to publicly fire those 2 employees – who happen to be among the 4 Jane Doe plaintiffs suing the County in a sexual harassment lawsuit – to no avail.
But on the night of the second firing attempt, just a few weeks ago, the County agreed to hire Experian to provide credit monitoring service to the 9,000-plus people the government says may have had their identities compromised.
Commissioners Boots Hetherington and George Halcovage voted in favor of retaining the Experian service. Commissioner Gary Hess voted against it.
And on Wednesday evening last week, that’s how the Commissioners voted to move $64,000 from the County’s contingency fund to the Solicitor’s office. That amount is about what the County expects to spend, at least, for credit monitoring.
As the Courthouse reminded us recently though, this Experian service could cost us more than a quarter-million dollars. They did that in an attempt to paint the allegedly rogue employees in a bad light as they made their case for firing them.
Regardless of the cost, Hetherington said last week that offering the Experian service was “the right thing to do.”
The ones who did favor firing the employees, however, have failed to release the investigation report they referenced when trying to terminate them.