Yes I guess in anticipation of upcoming November election voter backlash…Commissioner Vicites asked HR Director Cristy Spiker to explain the hiring process of Bethany Dye. (Budget Purchasing Mgr $36,835.50). Why this position and no other? He mentioned there was some social media comments made. What he was referring to but failed to say was the post made on RantsRaves which was “Quote Of The Day” on an alleged political rival from a different race “Commissioner Vicities’ personal hatred of me for refusing to ‘help him out’ regarding his wife’s prior court ordered costs and fines, which I have no authority to do, spilled out in “payback” as lies regarding my work ethic…” Janice Snyder, Fayette County Clerk of Courts, ranting on social media today, about Vicites and the fact that the daughter of Tim Dye, the democratic candidate for clerk of courts, is “recommended for a top non-union, higher salaried position,” as Budget and Purchasing Manager; Snyder, pointing out that, “coincidentally” the position was vacated over six weeks ago, but no interviews or recommendations were made until after the primary election; Snyder, not commenting why she hasn’t commented sooner about her claim that Vicites asked for inappropriate manipulation of his wife’s court ordered costs or fines, as we assume this might have happened long ago… but, nonetheless, we still believe Snyder (Facebook Post of Janice Snyder June 11 2019)
Another agenda item was to award a contract to Felice Associates of Greensburg Westmoreland County, former HR vendor of the county. This contract is to conduct a classification & compensation survey for apprx 69 Non Union county positions. The contract cost is $24,000 plus out of pocket expenses. Forget about all the whispers within the courthouse & other county buildings from employees who have complained about this vendor for years….yes whispers but no one speaks out so you get what you get. It was interesting that Felice Associates employee Dominick Carnicella , who is Fayette Co’s former HR director under a Felice contract for years, was asked to attend yesterday’s meeting to explain “out of pocket expenses”. His response…”minimal” Is anyone surprised that when I asked if the other vendor who submitted a price was asked to attend the meeting the response was No. Is anyone surprised that Felice has been a campaign contributor ?
And finally, while not discussed during this Agenda Meeting, Sam Lynch of Susquehanna Financial Consultants, was present for this 2 hour meeting. Was it needed? No. Will there be a 2 hour charge? Most likely. And, after this meeting Commissioner Vicites had Sam Lynch meet with the Herald Standard reporter to explain his fees (you know the fees of close to $1million in less than 4 years) …….and I believe from the reporter both Vicites & Lohr were present (unsure if anyone else was there). Will that additional hour be billed? Shouldn’t be.