Pa. county can't pay some due to staffing shortage
Published: January 11, 2013
EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — More than 50 constables and tax collectors are facing a payless day instead of a pay day because a western county controller's employee who handled that duty has quit and not been replaced.
Cambria County controller Ed Cernic tells the Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown (http://bit.ly/10lBSL60) that his seven-person staff — which also processes paychecks for regular full- and part-time county employees — doesn't have time to cut checks for 26 constables and 27 tax collectors, too.
Cernic says he's already been targeted by a union grievance for having nonunion employees handle some of the work.
Cernic says the worker quit in November and hasn't been replaced. The county commissioners say the position was advertised internally, but nobody applied for it.
Johnstown Constable Sam Allison says Friday will mark the first time he's not been paid on time.
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