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Schuylkill commissioner Halcovage releases statement on investigation

Schuylkill County Commissioners’ chairman George Halcovage released a statement Monday about an internal investigation launched against him.

“I have been advised that several county employees have filed complaints with the County alleging that I engaged in misconduct and they have threatened to file lawsuits in court,” Halcovage said.

“I have not been permitted to review the complaints or provided details regarding those complaints. However, in general, I understand the complaints to allege sexual harassment and discrimination,” he said in his statement.

“I vehemently deny engaging in any sexual harassment or any type of discrimination whatsoever.”

Halcovage said he was asked to respond to questions as part of the county’s confidential, internal investigation of the complaints. “I have promptly and fully cooperated with the county’s investigation.

“I look forward to the conclusion of that investigation.”

He refused further comment because of the pending investigation and threatened lawsuits, he said.

“In the meantime, I will continue to proudly do the hard work necessary to serve the people of Schuylkill County.”

First Assistant County Solicitor and Risk Manager Glenn T. Roth Jr. said last week that an investigation was launched and he expected to release more details this week.

Halcovage, a Republican, has been in office since January 2012.