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Lt. Gov. Mike Stack Accused Of Mistreating Staff, Security Detail

Lt. Gov. Mike Stack speaking last year.
Credit: PA Internet News Service

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor and the second lady are under investigation by the Inspector General’s Office for their alleged mistreatment of staff and their security detail.

The Caucus, a niche print paper serving state government, first reported Lt. Gov. Mike Stack and his wife Tonya would allegedly mistreat their Pennsylvania State Police security detail and domestic staff at the lieutenant governor’s mansion on the grounds of Fort Indiantown Gap.

The newspaper, which is published by the LNP Media Group, reported that Stack and his wife had ordered troopers on their security detail to activate emergency red and blue lighting and sirens to clear roads during non-emergency trips. State police policy prohibits use of emergency lighting if there is not an urgent matter.

The Caucus wrote that the Stacks would “heap verbal abuse” on state employees who did not follow their orders.

The staff at the mansion, according to the report, were asked if the lieutenant governor or his wife requested them to purchase alcohol for events at the mansion.

“I’ve said things in anger and frustration that I wish I hadn’t said,” Stack told WGAL-TV Wednesday. He added that he and his wife would try to “do better.”

Pennsylvania is the only state that provides its lieutenant governor a taxpayer-funded mansion. Similarly to other states and previous administrations, the lieutenant governor and his wife receive a state police security detail to handle their personal protective needs. Previous Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley’s wife dropped her security detail after she started spending more and more time out of the state for work.

Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the investigation into his lieutenant governor.

Stack and Wolf are expected to run together to keep their seats in next year’s election.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001