Former Pennsylvania state Rep. Nick Miccarelli, who was accused by two women of physical and sexual abuse last year, has landed a job running a Delaware County-funded agency that provides rides to the elderly and those in medical need.
House Republican leaders investigated the allegations and found them credible. They stripped Miccarelli of his committee posts and referred the case to the Dauphin County district attorney’s office, which ultimately declined to prosecute after the consultant decided not to pursue the matter.
Rachel Pastan of the activist group Indivisible Swarthmore Moving the Needle was one of several people who raised questions about the hiring at a meeting of the County Council this week.
“He’s not someone who’s had any experience with this agency,” Pastan said in a telephone interview. “His main qualification for the job seemed to be being a well-connected Republican, selected by a board made up of well-connected Republicans in Delaware County.”
Much told the Delaware County Daily Times that Miccarelli was chosen after interviews with six or seven candidates. Miccarelli “had the best resume, he was the best in interviews, and brought a different perspective of how he thought Community Transit should be run,” Much said.
“I think we can agree that working is a good thing,” Mutchler said in an interview. “I would think the only concern is that you have someone with an active protection-from-abuse order against him in a position like that.”
“I have every right to pursue a new career,” it said. “I took part in a rigorous interview process for this position and was determined to be the best-qualified candidate for the job. I have no need to apologize to anyone for pursuing this position. I’d appreciate if people would just let me go on with my life and respect my privacy.”