Court House Rallies to Do Damage Control

(L-R) Armstrong County Commissioners Jason Renshaw, Pat Fabian, and George Skamai sit at the table with Executive Director of Administration Dan Lucovich in the Commissioners Conference Room. Comments made by commissioners during last Thursday’s public meeting created a firestorm among Health Center employees when they announced the sale of the Health Center may be in jeopardy.

After last Thursday’s public meeting where the Armstrong County Commissioners told the public that the sale of the Health Center is in jeopardy, the administration immediately went into damage control mode.

Dan Lucovich, Executive Director of Administration in the Commissioner’s office, who has referred to himself as the “Unelected Fourth Commissioner,” sent a memo out to Health Center staff.

The memo, in part, said: “The progress between Armstrong County and Premier Healthcare Management is on track and productive and we hope to have the Asset Purchase Agreement and the Operations Transfer Agreement completed by the end of next week. If we have these agreements within the next couple weeks, we anticipate a closing around June 1, 2017.”

Commissioners said Thursday that Controller Myra Miller is to be blamed for the sale of the Health Center potentially being ruined; yet told Health Center workers in a memorandum Friday that everything was on course and there were no problems.

The commissioners in the public meeting had blamed Armstrong County Controller Myra Miller for potentially derailing the sale after she had met with health center employees to discuss their retirement options. Miller, who oversees retirement of county employees, said the meeting was not unusual nor out of her scope of authority. The Controller’s office has traditionally dealt with county employees concerning matters related to their pension. An unidentified employee in court house administration postulated that the commissioners may attempt to move that authority from Miller to Lucovich as retaliation for the law suit. The commissioners have been in a legal battle the last few months with Miller since they cut funding to the Controller’s office.

The commissioners’ remarks in a public meeting were unprecedented because employee and contractual matters are not required to be discussed publicly under the Sunshine Act. Many viewed the tactic as an attempt to discredit Miller’s credibility by Commissioners Pat Fabian, Jason Renshaw, and George Skamai.

7 comments on “Court House Rallies to Do Damage Control
  1. mark says:

    And a simple “Right to know” form submitted to Jennifer Long at the court house will get you the settlement information on the 911 lawsuit the county settled in December of 2016. Very disturbing information about county employees.

  2. just dont understand says:

    Definitely agree with Watchdog15. Myra you did what you are suppose to. Just can’t figure out who Lucovich thinks he is.

  3. watchdog15 says:

    Just another example of how arrogant this Board and Lucovich are towards their elected peers and county employees. Their way or the highway! The BULLDOZER BOARD! Talk about incivility! Lucovich is full of himself and from day one has given horrible and misleading advice to this novice Board. Yes they all are novices. Especially Skamai. Heard he works very few days per week. Heard morale is at an all time low. KP start interviewing anonymously county employees. You’ll learn from long term, dedicated, and knowledgeable people the tsunami that has been building from day one and find out who has been pulling the strings. Wasn’t Lucovich and Skamai pals at the mushroom mines? No wonder he thinks he is the 4th Commissioner. Controller Miller hold your ground! The taxpayers want you to do your job and don’t let them intimidate you. You have the bully pulpit too. Use it!

  4. Rainbow Rider says:

    Somebody ask Dan Lucovich if he wants a little ‘candy’ 😉

  5. Rainbow Rider says:

    Lucovich is an idiot. He knows how to say what people want to hear and when to smile while delivering a load of hogwash. This ability has gotten him everywhere he has gone.

  6. Rainbow Rider says:

    Lucovich is pretty much just a snake. He takes over and f’s up everything he gets into.

  7. jorn jensen says:

    Don’t continue to build Lucovich’s power. Don’t do that. Send him back to the mushroom mine.

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