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Pa. fire commissioner resigns amidst harassment complaint

Former state Senate staffer Rachel Moore accused former Sen. Tim Solobay of inappropriately touching her when she worked for him


By FireRescue1 Staff

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A state fire commissioner and former senator resigned immediately after a woman went public with her sexual harassment complaint about an incident that allegedly occurred in 2011.

Penn Live reported that Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay abruptly resigned after Rachel Moore accused him of slapping her on her rear end while she was working for him in the state Senate office.

Rachel Moore accused Fire Commissioner and former state Senator Tim Solobay of slapping her on her rear end while she was working for him in the state Senate office. (Photo/State of Pennsylvania)
Rachel Moore accused Fire Commissioner and former state Senator Tim Solobay of slapping her on her rear end while she was working for him in the state Senate office. (Photo/State of Pennsylvania)

Moore filed the complaint the day after the incident allegedly occurred, and Solobay denied it happened. Moore was eventually transferred to another office, and decided to go public with the complaint several years later to shed light on the situation.

“I want the next crop of young staffers - men and women - to have an experience of government that more closely represents the good days that I had in the Capitol. And not this one very bad day and the couple of very bad days that followed it,” Moore said. “I want, especially that crop of young women, to be passionate about public service and feel like they can make a difference without worrying about the stigma and without having to worry about this culture anymore."

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