Centre County Commissioner Michael Pipe postpones call for solicitor Louis Glantz’s resignation

Commissioner Michael Pipe’s call for county solicitor Louis Glantz’s resignation will wait until next week.

The commissioners held their weekly meeting on Thursday instead of Tuesday because of a conference in Pittsburgh earlier this week. Pipe said he wasn’t comfortable making the official call for action so soon after the conference but still planned to take action at the Aug. 11 commissioners meeting.

Commissioners Steve Dershem and Chris Exarchos declined to comment Thursday on Pipe’s proposal.

Pipe said he would ask for the resignation last Friday, after the state Attorney General’s Office announced that District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller would not be charged in relation to forgery allegations made by Michelle Shutt, a former paralegal in the District Attorney’s Office.

He accepted the grand jury’s report and thought asking for Glantz’s resignation would be a step toward moving forward and repairing trust between the Board of Commissioners, the District Attorney’s Office and the public, Pipe said last Friday, adding that he felt that Glantz provided poor legal advice when the claims were made public at a commissioners meeting in January.

Glantz said last week that he was “disappointed” by Pipe’s comments and that he stood by the advice he provided.

Dershem and Exarchos have both publicly expressed doubts about the grand jury’s findings, but the subject did not come up Thursday. The trio also declined to comment on Parks Miller’s call for President Judge Thomas King Kistler to summon a county investigating grand jury earlier this week.

The courthouse did not completely escape mention Thursday. The commissioners approved about $60,000 in change orders for the second phase of the Temple Court renovation and Courthouse Annex expansion project, expected to be completed in the fall.

The initial bid for that phase of the project was for $3.1 million, but unforeseen problems with the structure have caused additional costs to the tune of about $500,000, including the expenses approved Thursday.

Legal fees stemming from attorneys hired after the January meeting and for an attorney in the ongoing Right-to-Know lawsuits filed against the county by Parks Miller, Judge Jonathan D. Grine and District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker have also risen to about $70,000, Exarchos said.