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Tamaqua attorney retires as ADA after 28 years

  • James Menconi
    James Menconi
Published April 08. 2010 05:00PM

A Tamaqua attorney is retiring from the district attorney's staff and the coroner is seeking to hire 33 investigators. That information was presented to the Schuylkill County commissioners at a work session Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

District Attorney James P. Goodman announced that attorney James F. Menconi, Tamaqua, retired from his position as an assistant district attorney. Menconi became an assistant district attorney in 1982 and worked for four district attorneys - Richard B. Russell, Claude A. Lord Shields, Frank Cori and Goodman. He was assigned to prosecute many major cases and was successful in many in obtaining guilty verdicts.

Coroner Joseph Liptsett submitted the names of 33 people he wishes to hire to serve as deputy investigator coroners. Their duty is to determine the cause and manner of death of all individuals within the confines of the coroner's jurisdiction. The coroner's office completes a report of death by responding to the scene, or to a hospital, nursing home, care giving facility, place of business or a personal residence, and makes contact with the family physician or hospital emergency center or physician in the hospital emergency department for a cause or complete family medical history.

During the discussion period Commissioner Francis McAndrews noted that in the past the county contracted with individuals for such services. Fiscal administrator Mark Scarbinsky said the change had to be made to meet the requirements under the Internal Revenue Department in the manner people are paid for such work.

Martina Chwastiak, from the human resource department, submitted a pay scale, which will have to be approved by the salary board at next week's public meeting. The investigators pay is listed at $45 per hour and photographers $35 per hour. They are only paid when called for duty and do not receive any pension or health benefits.

The names submitted for hiring at the public meeting next week are as follows:

E. Franklin Griffiths, Tamaqua; Lawrence Neff, Andreas; Vincent Damiano, McAdoo; Melissa Sommers, Summit Hill; Mathew Arnold, Ashland; Albert Barnes, Greg Quandel and Chris Rowlands, Minersville; Edward Bartlett, Paul Kennedy, James Hamfort, Rory Lipsett, Katherine Schuck and Diane Smith, Pottsville; Carol Bosavage and Brian Dillman, Frackville; Albert Breznik Jr. and Shawn Clark, Ringtown; Scott Clews, Tara Dolzani, John Harley Sr., Joshua Hart, Brian Murray and Irvin Blankenhorn, Saint Clair; Marlene Cook, Port Carbon; Paul Dimon, Tower City; Wallace Hodgson, Tremont; Charles Marquardt, Girardville; Sandra Poletti, Hegins; Joseph Pothering, Llewellyn; Andrew Szczyglak, Shenandoah; David L. Truskowsky, Mahanoy City; and Dianne Zimmerman, Pine Grove.

Named mentor

The Schuylkill Conservation District submitted the name of its former director who retired, Craig Morgan, of Wayne Township, to be appointed a conservation district mentor, and also requested Elizabeth Hinkel, Barry Township, be promoted from agricultural land preservation to replace Morgan as district manager.

The Office of Senior Services reported Laura Bennettt, Barnesville, has resigned as a clerk typist. President Judge William Baldwin announced the promotion of Stacy Schlauch, Zions Grove, and James Ketner, Pottsville, from juvenile probation officer I to officer II. Salaries will be set by the county salary board at next week's public meeting.

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