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Former boro councilman fired from public works job


Last updated 1/31/2017 at 3:50am

A three-minute special voting meeting of the Mt. Oliver Borough Council interrupted by a 45-minute non-public executive session resulted in the termination of a borough public works employee.

Council vice-president Nick Viglione presided over the meeting in the absence of Council President Amber McGough. Also in attendance were councilmembers Dave Beltz, Dave Lowe, Christina Reft, Barbara Keener and Justin Viale.

Council voted 5-1 to terminate Corey McGough’s employment from the borough’s Public Works Department. Mr. Lowe was the only council member to vote no.

Mr. McGough had been on administrative leave since January 6 pending the vote of council. Borough officials declined to provide further details on the dismissal.

Mr. McGough was a borough councilman from January 2012 until April 2014. He resigned his seat, where he was chair of the Public Works Committee, to take a job in the borough’s Public Works Dept.

Mr. McGough’s wife Amber was appointed to fill his seat in May 2014 when it was determined of the three other candidates who applied for the seat, one was disqualified, one reconsidered, and the third applied late. Amber McGough had previously served on the borough’s Civil Service Commission for a year.

She was elected to serve as council president in January 2016.

Borough manager Rick Hopkinson said they will not immediately fill the public works position created with Corey McGough’s termination although eventually someone will be hired for the job.


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