Delaware County Emergency Services Director Fired Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Delaware County's Director of Emergency Services, Timothy Boyce, was fired following allegations of sexual abuse, discrimination, and groping of an employee. The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office has launched a criminal investigation into the allegations.

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Delaware County Emergency Services Director Fired Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Delaware County Emergency Services Director Fired Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Timothy Boyce, the Director of Emergency Services in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, has been fired following allegations of sexual abuse, discrimination, and groping of an employee in his office. The decision to terminate Boyce's employment was made by the Delaware County Council on Friday, after the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office launched an investigation into the allegations.

Why this matters: This case highlights the importance of holding those in positions of power accountable for their actions, particularly in the context of workplace harassment and discrimination. The outcome of this investigation and any subsequent legal proceedings will have significant implications for the culture and policies of government agencies and workplaces across the country.

Boyce, who had led the department since 2016, was initially placed on administrative leave on April 26 pending the investigation. The allegations against him surfaced when a 38-year-old female employee accused Boyce of grabbing her backside in January. The employee quit her job the following day and confronted Boyce via text message. "He had her come into his office. He gropes her, she freaks out and leaves and quits the next day and texts him and says you treated me like a piece of meat and he doesn't dispute it," stated attorney Mark Schwartz, who represents the accuser.

In addition to the sexual abuse allegation, a 67-year-old woman who has worked for the county since 1974 accused Boyce of age discrimination, resulting in fewer hours and no raise. A criminal complaint filed by Schwartz claims that Boyce "exhibited a well-known preference for attracting young women" to his department.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, along with the Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer's office, have launched a criminal investigation into the allegations against Boyce. Schwartz, representing the accusers, stated, "I will proceed to hold DELCO liable for allowing the connected Mr Boyce to hide in plain sight... With the exception of its District Attorney, DELCO does not protect its employees – I assure you that they will be held accountable."

In response to Boyce's termination, Delaware County Council Chair Dr. Monica Taylor emphasized the county's commitment to protecting its workforce and ensuring a fair and thorough examination of any complaints or allegations made by county employees. The council stated that they are fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation by the Attorney General's office.

The allegations against Timothy Boyce have sent shockwaves through Delaware County, as the formerDirector of Emergency Servicesfaces serious accusations of sexual misconduct and discrimination. As the investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office continues, the county remains committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of its employees. The outcome of this case will undoubtedly have significant implications for the future of the Department of Emergency Services and the trust placed in its leadership.