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Hempfield Township supervisor hired as deputy chief to Westmoreland Register of Wills

| Friday, June 6, 2014, 10:10 p.m.

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 rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.

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