HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett has appointed Harold E. Flack II, of Dallas, to the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania.
“Serving on the Judicial Conduct Board is an awesome responsibility that I am very much looking forward to,” Flack said Friday after the announcement.
The board investigates allegations of ethical misconduct against state judges. If necessary, the board prepares and brings cases against judges who are accused of unethical actions. The board investigates more than 500 complaints a year and plays watchdog to more than 1,000 judges and magistrates.
The board has 12 members, all of whom must be Pennsylvania citizens. Three are judges, three are lawyers and six are non-lawyers. Half of the board members are chosen by the governor, the other half by the state Supreme Court. Members serve four-year terms, without pay.
The board came into the local limelight during two relatively recent judicial scandals:
• Counsel for the board argued in the Court of Judicial Discipline for the removal of former Judge Ann Lokuta from the Luzerne County bench in 2008. The court ousted her on testimony that she abused courthouse staff and attorneys.
• The board came under close scrutiny after the indictments of former Luzerne County Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan during the “Kids for Cash” scandal. During testimony before the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice, a board member admitted its had received a complaint against Conahan in 2006 but did not act on it for nearly two years.
Flack said he is well aware of the responsibility that accompanies his appointment to the board.
“It’s very important work that the board does, and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” he said, adding that he was “honored and humbled by this appointment and the confidence that Gov. Corbett has shown in me.”
Flack said he first met the governor when Corbett was state attorney general. “I have an immense amount of respect for him and his abilities,” Flack said.
A graduate of Wyoming Seminary Class of 1977, Flack earned a bachelor’s degree from New England College in 1981.
He was president of Diamond Manufacturing Co. and co-owner and Diamond Consolidated Industries along with his late brother, Charles D. “Rusty” Flack, for more than 30 years. He also served as president of Exeter Architectural Products of Wyoming, Pennsylvania, and Palm City, Florida.
He retired in 2010 when Diamond Consolidated merged with Reliance Steel and Aluminum Co. of Los Angeles. Diamond Manufacturing is North America’s leading and largest producer of perforated metal products with plants in Wyoming, Pennsylvania, and five other states.
Exeter Architectural Products, started by Flack and his brother, Rusty, in 1989, manufactures hurricane barrier screens, security screens and security doors for various markets. Flack holds six U.S. patents relating to security and storm protection products.
Flack has served as a board member of Diamond Consolidated, Exeter Architectural, Eastern Insurance Group, M&T Bank Northeastern Pennsylvania Advisory Board and The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry and the Board of Trustees of New England College.
He also served as chairman of the Wyoming Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, the Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Camp Cadet program and the Alexis D’Toquevile Society of the United Way, as president of the Wyoming Business Club and as a board member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
He sits on the Board of Trustees of Misericordia University, the Board of Directors of the North Mountain Club, the Wyoming Commemorative Association and the Westmoreland Club where he is immediate past president and chairs the nominating committee.
In 2001 he and his family were named Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Flack and his wife, Jean, have been married for 32 years. They have four children: Harry, 26, Hilary, 24, Michael, 22, and Melissa, 19.