HARRISBURG — Upheaval over workplace harassment continues at the Pennsylvania State Capitol. ABC27 has confirmed the state fire commissioner has been relieved of his duties by Gov. Tom Wolf.
A spokesperson for Gov. Wolf said Tim Solobay resigned his cabinet position, but would not comment further on the departure.
Solobay, a Democrat from Canonsburg, served one term in the state Senate and six terms in the state House representing Washington County.
Sources confirmed for ABC27 that a former female staffer in the state Senate lodged a complaint against Solobay several years ago. The woman did not receive a settlement, but sources say she was reassigned within the Senate Democratic Caucus.
Sources tell ABC27 that the Wolf administration immediately moved to cut ties with Solobay upon learning of the harassment claim. A phone call to Solobay’s cellphone seeking comment was not returned Sunday.
After losing a state Senate election in 2014, Solobay was selected as Pennsylvania’s fire commissioner by Wolf to replace longtime Commissioner Ed Mann. Solobay, 61, took office in January 2015.
While not speaking of the specifics of the Solobay case, Wolf spokesman J.J. Abbott said Wolf has instituted a zero tolerance policy regarding sexual harassment. He has called for several lawmakers to resign their posts amid allegations of misconduct.
“Gov. Wolf has made clear that he draws a firm line, especially when it comes to behavior that is derogatory or discriminatory,” Abbott said in a statement. “Over the past months, Gov. Wolf has made clear that no branch of government nor the private sector should maintain or perpetuate a culture that allows or dismisses sexual harassment.”