Hempfield Township supervisor hired as deputy chief to Westmoreland Register of Wills
Hempfield Supervisor Sherry Hamilton will start work on Monday as the new chief deputy to Register of Wills Michael Ginsburg.
Hamilton, a Republican, is two years into her first term on the township's board of supervisors and works as a lawyer in Pittsburgh.
“She brings a lot to the table in legal experience and being a public official,” Ginsburg said when he hired Hamilton earlier in the week.
The Register of Wills office oversees all estate and orphans court filings as well as administers the issuance of marriage licenses.
The deputy's job opened last month when Ginsburg fired Charles Humberger because of what was called “personnel issues.”
Hamilton, 37, was elected in 2012 as a township supervisor and said on Friday that she will continue to serve in that capacity.
“I sought legal counsel and determined I was able to keep the position with the township because the county job is not an elected position,” Hamilton said.
She will give up her position as a lawyer with K&L Gates in Pittsburgh, where she specializes in cases involving conflicts of interest and ethics, according to her official biography.
Ginsburg, a first-term Republican, said Hamilton will earn about $40,000 a year as his new deputy.
Ginsburg, whose tenure in office has been marred by sexual harassment complaints leveled against him by a female staff member, said this week that he intends to serve the remaining 18 months of his term.
He said he has not decided whether to seek re-election.
“I haven't pulled the trigger on that decision. In politics it's about gauging where you stand,” Ginsburg said.
Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.