Luzerne County Councilman Rick Morelli has requested information on a council audit committee member who has been using the pseudonym “Therman Guamp.”
The resident also regularly speaks out at council meetings and served on an interview panel that recommended budget and financial services division head finalists to county Manager Robert Lawton.
Councilman Edward Brominski questioned the citizen’s use of two names during Tuesday’s council meeting, identifying the man as Charles Olah. The man declined to provide his real name and said he uses the Therman Guamp pseudonym because his family expressed safety concerns when he started publicly questioning county government activities years ago.
Citing the need for transparency, Morelli said in an email to council that he wants to know “who he is and what his background is” because the resident has been screening applicants and providing opinions on audit matters.
“In my opinion, Therman needs to disclose all of his information,” wrote Morelli. “If not, then I am suggesting he is taken off of the audit committee.”
In response to Morelli’s request, the council clerk supplied a resume under Guamp’s name that says he has a master’s degree in business administration from Rochester Institute of Technology and has worked as a management consultant for New Hampshire-based Profitability and Productivity Associates since 1990.
The man also held management positions at several major companies from 1973 through 1990, the resume says.
The council clerk told council members the man has indicated he might pursue legal action if his resume is made public.
Morelli said resumes from people who serve on council’s audit committee should not be confidential. Citizens must submit resumes if they’re interested in serving on outside county boards and authorities, he said.
“I don’t see any difference,” Morelli said. “If he files a lawsuit, he will have to reveal who he really is.”
Lawton, Morelli and other council members said they had no idea Therman Guamp was a pseudonym.
Council Chairman Tim McGinley said the audit committee appointment is under review. The audit committee, which helps in the selection screening of county auditors, is not handling any county matters at this time, he said.
A background check of Charles Olah indicated someone by that name was cited in 2007 for driving without insurance and driving with a suspended license in Pittston Township.