A Barnesville attorney was named to the county solicitor staff as action was taken on personnel matters by the new board of commissioners of Schuylkill County at their first work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Attorney Christine Holman was named assistant county solicitor and attorney Alvin B. Marshal, Pottsville, the county solicitor. The salaries recommended were $28,784 for Holman and $32,097 for Marshall, which will have to be approved by the salary board at its public meeting next Wednesday.

David Daub, Tower City, was reappointed to the county zoning hearing board for a three-year term, which expires Dec. 31, 2014. Ironically, Daub replaces Kim Eckert, Auburn, who was the chairwoman of the board. Daub was chairman when he was terminated by the past board of commissioners.

A new member was added to the county planning commission board. Robert Lettich, Hegins, replaces Joseph Chiaretti, Girardville. Reappointed were James Setlock, Orwigsburg, and Kenneth Lehman, Pine Grove. The terms of all three are for four years and end Dec. 31, 2015.

Three members of the Schuylkill County Industrial Development Authority (SCIDA) were reappointed to five-year terms which expire Dec. 31, 2016. They were, Michael Mahalchick, of the First National Bank of Minersville; David Snyder, of the Miners Bank, Minersville; and Joseph Brady, superintendent of Minersville Area School District.

Clerk of Courts Stephen M. Lukach Jr. was reappointed the purchasing agent for the Records Improvement fund.

The court administration department announced Dale Hart, Ringtown, court reporter, is retiring.

The commissioners were informed by county coroner, Dr. David J. Moylan, that eight deputy coroner investigators have submitted their resignations. They were, Marlene Cook, Port Carbon; Tara Dolozani and Brian Murray, Saint Clair; Greg Quandel, Minersville; and John Galloway, James Hampford, Rory Lipsett and Diane Snyder-Zimmerman, Pottsville.

The commissioners also increased the amount of a contract that could be entered without seeking bids. It was increased from $10,000 to $18,500 because of the amendment to the County Code's Acts 86 and 89 was revised in 2011. Mark Scarbinsky, county administrator, and Paul Strake, assistant county administrator, were given the authority to enter in such contracts.

The board also reviewed purchase of service agreements for various departments on which actions will be taken at the public meeting to be held next Wednesday.

The full board of commissioners were present, Chairman Frank Staudenmeier, George Halcovage and Gary Hess. Also attending was new controller Christy Joy and his new first deputy, Ronald Zimmerman.