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Read the initial news report: http://www.timesleader.com/news/local-news-news/1442347/LCTA-bosses-hit-with-criminal-charges

The Luzerne County Transportation Authority plans to hold a special meeting Tuesday to address the employment status of two top employees who were arrested this morning on dozens of criminal charges related to inflated passenger counts, said authority Solicitor Joseph Blazosek.

Blazosek made the announcement after a closed-door authority personnel committee meeting originally scheduled to discuss other staff matters.

Authority Executive Director Stanley J. Strelish and Operations Director Robb Alan Henderson are accused of bullying drivers into carrying out their plan to pad senior rider counts to increase state funding to the authority, which provides public bus and van service, according to state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane.

Blazosek said the committee met with some “key personnel” to discuss the need to focus on services “without interruption or problems.”

“The key is the services will continue. The system will operate. The people that are here are very capable and able to do that,” Blazosek said.

He declined to discuss possible personnel actions involving Strelish and Henderson or their current employment status, saying any changes must be discussed by the full board Tuesday and approved by a majority to take effect. The personnel committee had “some thoughts” on potential actions, but he said it would be “premature” to discuss them until the full board is briefed and consulted.

Blazosek also noted the charges against the employees have not been adjudicated.

“They’re not conclusions of anything, so we have to have further determinations made through the court system,” he said.

Tuesday’s meeting likely will begin at 5 p.m. at the authority complex on Northampton Street in Kingston, he said.

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