County GOP heads tell Halcovage to quit

Peter Bortner, Republican & Herald, Pottsville, Pa.
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Mar. 26—The Schuylkill County Republican Committee officers are calling on Commissioner George Halcovage to resign.

In a letter released Friday by Chairman Howard Merrick, Vice Chairman Robert Bylone, Assistant Chairmen Mary Labert, Lary Padora, and Ben Wiessner, and Secretary Carolyn Bonkoski, the officers state that the sexual harassment lawsuit against Halcovage interferes with his ability to serve the county.

The letter reads: "The Republican Party cherishes the highest standards of workplace equality and professionalism. Such behavior allegedly committed by Commissioner George Halcovage is inappropriate and cannot be tolerated. Commissioner Halcovage is entitled to due process, however, a dark cloud hovers over our courthouse and all the hardworking, honorable men and women serving the citizens of Schuylkill County. The undersigned elected leaders of the Schuylkill County Republican Party stand as one with our elected Row Officers to insist that Commissioner Halcovage resign. The severity of the allegations and intensity of the federal lawsuit precludes Commissioner Halcovage from effectively executing his duties to the citizens of Schuylkill County."

Four female courthouse workers have filed a federal lawsuit against Halcovage alleging sexual harassment and retaliation over a period several years. Halcovage has not spoken publicly on the allegations, referring all questions to his attorney.