County Exec Says Human Relations Commission Should Have Hired Executive Director
On Monday we told you that solicitors for Erie County and Erie County Council were still trading letters over the hiring of Tony Logue as Executive Director of the Human Relations Commission.
County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper has vetoed that hire. She, along with some members of council were disappointed that council did not follow the recommendation of its own search committee for the post, county employee Maria Goellner.
On Monday, Erie News Now filed a right to know request with the county, and we have received a copy of the county letters outlining new grounds for that veto.
In letters to County Council Solicitor Thomas Talarico and to members of the Erie County Human Relations Commission, County Solicitor Richard Perhacs said, according to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, the Human Relations Commission itself, not county council has the authority to hire employees, staff and commission members. The letters cite Section 962 of the HRC Act.
County Council amended the local ordinance in September, before appointing Logue. County Solicitor Talarico maintains that the County Executive's veto is meaningless.
Talarico expects council to discuss the matter in executive session when members meet Thursday for personnel and finance committee meetings. Council is expected to respond in a formal way when they meet in regular session next Tuesday.