Corbett’s New New Education Secretary Also Has Problems


It keeps getting worse:

Gov. Tom Corbett’s latest nominee to head the state Education Department led the national search team that helped steer the Allentown School Board to choose Gerald Zahorchak as its superintendent in 2010.

But you won’t find a reference to Carolyn Dumaresq’s employment with the search company, McPherson & Jacobson of Omaha, Neb., on her annual financial disclosure statements with the state Ethics Commission.

Dumaresq failed to list the company as an outside source of income. It is not on the 2009 financial disclosure statement she filed as a member of the state Workforce Investment Board. Nor did she list it on her 2010 statement as an investment board member or a separate one she filed that same year when Corbett named her acting deputy education secretary when he took office.

Education Department spokesman Tim Eller said the omissions were honest mistakes Dumaresq has already fixed.

The news emerges days after Corbett fired previous nominee, William Harner, over personnel problems that occurred while Harner was superintendent of the Cumberland Valley School District.