Last updated: June 05. 2014 7:02PM - 1008 Views
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Luzerne County Transportation Authority board member Patrick Conway said today that LCTA Executive Director Stanley Strelish and Operations Manager Robb Henderson are suspended.

“Should they be out of service? Yes. Are they out of service? Yes,” Conway said.

Asked what he meant by “out of service,” Conway said “suspended.”

Conway said Solicitor Joe Blazosek told him the LCTA Personnel Committee agreed to suspend the officials, who were arrested on dozens of criminal charges related to inflated passenger counts on Wednesday.

He said Blazosek didn’t say if the men were suspended with pay or without pay.

Conway said he objected “to giving them any money.” He also doesn’t believe the Personnel Committee has the authority to suspend the men, and that a vote by the entire authority board is necessary to do so.

Blazosek on Wednesday said the authority plans to hold a special meeting Tuesday to address the employment status of Strelish and Henderson. He made the announcement after a closed-door authority personnel committee meeting that originally was scheduled to discuss other staff matters.

The committee met with some “key personnel” to discuss the need to focus on services “without interruption or problems,” Blazosek said.

He said any changes involving Strelish and Henderson or their current employment status must be discussed by the full board Tuesday and approved by a majority to take effect. The Personnel Committee had “some thoughts” on potential actions, but he said it would be “premature” to discuss them until the full board is briefed and consulted.

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