County solicitor steps down

BY STACI WILSON

The resignation of the county’s lawyer was brought to light at the Jan. 9 meeting of the county commissioners.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Attorney Raymond Davis, President of the Susquehanna County Bar Association, asked if the commissioners planned to post the position of county solicitor.

“I believe there has been a resignation,” Davis said.

Commissioner Chair Alan Hall said the solicitor, Thomas Meagher, had submitted his resignation but said it had not yet been accepted by the commissioners.

Davis’ question regarding the posting of the position, however, remained unanswered.

Meagher, it was noted, tendered his resignation Wednesday morning, prior to the commissioners’ meeting the morning after he met, as the county solicitor, with the Susquehanna County Planning Commission.

At a Dec. 12, 2012 Salary Board meeting, the county solicitor’s salary was increased to $35,000, with no raise in 2013.

Salary Board members explained at that meeting that the hike in the pay for the part-time position was due to an increase in responsibilities associated with the position. The approved pay did not include county benefits.

The Salary Board is comprised of the three commissioners and the county treasurer.

Two part-time detectives were hired by the commissioners, per the recommendation of District Attorney Jason Legg.

Thomas Sheehan and Robert Stoud were both approved for the $13 per hour, part-time, temporary job that is contingent upon the county’s receipt of grant funding.

The Drug & Alcohol Commission provides $10-15,000 per year which goes to run the DUI Task Force. The county gets a grant from the state, in the low-$20,000s, to fund the drug component of the task force, Legg said.

Sheenan will fill an open slot on the task force.

Stoud, is a retired state trooper who also currently serves as the county’s Director of Public Safety/Emergency Management Coordinator.

Meeting attendee Vera Scroggins said she thought the $13 per hour was a very low wage to be paid for the job.

But Craig Stevens, also in attendance, voiced his opposition to hiring Stoud to the position. “He has enough to do with emergency management,” he said.

Legg said Stoud’s appointment allows the retired trooper to maintain an active municipal police officers’ certification.

Legg said, “Steve has some pretty amazing experience through the state police – a different area than Bill Strong – but now we have two very talented former troopers on the roster.”

The commissioners appointed Stuart Slocum, Thompson, to the Susquehanna County Conservation District Board of Directors as a public director, effective immediately.

Slocum will serve the remainder of an unexpired term through Dec. 31, 2014.

Jerry Cronk was reappointed to serve a five-year term on the Susquehanna County Housing/Redevelopment Authority, effective Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017.

The commissioners acknowledged the acceptance, with regret, the retirement of Beverly Welch, by Prothonotary Susan Eddleston, effective April 1.

Eddleston’s hiring of Misty Kahrnak, of Kingsley, to the Second Deputy Prothonotary position was also acknowledged by the commissioners.

Chief Clerk Sylvia Beamer said she believed Kahrnak had already started working in the office but she was not certain of her exact date of employment.