2 Pennsylvania officials resign amid misconduct complaints

Written by Marc Levy/Associated Press | Jan 2, 2018 5:26 PM

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- Two Pennsylvania government officials have resigned in recent days amid allegations by women of misconduct in the workplace.

They are state Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay and Senate security chief Justin Ferrante.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says Solobay stepped down Sunday.

His resignation was first reported by It reports Solobay quit after it tried to contact him for a story on a 2011 complaint that he slapped a female Senate aide on her rear-end when he was a state senator.

Solobay declined comment but says he's hiring a lawyer. Wolf isn't saying whether he asked Solobay to resign.

Senate officials say Ferrante resigned Friday amid an investigation into a workplace harassment complaint first reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Ferrante declined comment to the newspapers, which report complaints came from two female subordinates.

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