Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay resigned after reporters began asking about a 2011 sexual harassment complaint when Solobay was in the State Senate. According to news reports Governor Tom Wolf’s administration asked for Solobay’s resignation.
Solobay, a Democrat from Canonsburg, previously served one term in the Pa. Senate and six terms in the Pa. House representing Washington County.
Sources confirm for ABC27 that a former female staffer in the Pa. 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.
Solobay’s resignation, which comes as PennLive has been attempting to reach Solobay about a sexual harassment allegation during his prior service as as a state senator, was apparently tendered this weekend and is effective immediately.
Wolf’s press secretary, J.J. Abbott, issued a statement confirming Solobay’s resignation. He did not comment on the reason, stating only that “I cannot comment further on specific details of a personnel matter.”