Corbett: Education adviser not a ‘ghost employee’

Gov. Tom Corbett says his special adviser for higher education is “not a ghost employee.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Corbett defended Ron Tomalis to reporters after an event in York County on Friday.

Tomalis, a former state education secretary, has been making $140,000 per year as a special adviser. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Sunday that records concerning Tomalis include a work calendar with weeks of little or no activity, phone logs barely averaging a call a day and five outgoing emails.

Corbett says his acting education secretary is satisfied with Tomalis’s job performance and so is he. Acting Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq has said Tomalis works 40 hours a week and she sees him regularly at the office.

GOP state Sen. Mike Folmer of Lebanon County has called for an inquiry into whether Tomalis is doing his job.

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