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County director of public works fired

Commissioners mum on reason for Greenland’s termination

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners have fired the public works director without explanation.

Rocky Greenland, who held the job since 2015 and played a key role in courthouse restoration efforts that halted years of water infiltration and related damage, was terminated as of Monday.

Commissioners, when meeting Tuesday, approved the action with a unanimous vote and without comment.

When meeting a week ago, County Administrator/Chief Clerk Nicole Hemminger mentioned that commissioners had convened an executive session to discuss an employee but she did not identify the employee or reference any forthcoming disciplinary action.

When reached by phone Tuesday, Greenland declined to discuss the reason behind the commissioners’ action.

When asked if he intends to challenge the action, he said he wouldn’t comment at this time.

Commissioner Amy Webster, liaison to the county’s public works department, which includes employees who work in the highway yard and maintenance departments, did not respond to the Mirror’s inquiries about the action.

In light of the firing, the county salary board, made up of the commissioners and Controller A.C. Stickel, are scheduled to vote today on assigning Greenland’s highway department responsibilities to Paul Shaffer, assistant highway superintendent, and Greenland’s building maintenance responsibilities to Jim Pooler, facilities maintenance coordinator.

While handling the additional responsibility, Shaffer is to receive a 5% pay increase, taking his annual salary to $41,173, and Pooler is to receive a 5% pay increase, taking his annual salary to $38,422 annually.

Greenland has supervised both departments since 2015 when commissioners consolidated the role and named him as director of public works. At that time, they set his salary at $55,000 annually. Greenland was making $61,724 this year.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 814-946-7456.

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