Sunday, July 13, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Ottinger takes over at the Montco law library

NORRISTOWN The scandal-tainted Montgomery County Law Library will have a new director Monday.

The county commissioners have unanimously chosen Plymouth Meeting resident Jeanne Ottinger, 52, who has been with the law library since 2008, to succeed Bruce Piscadlo.

Piscadlo, who abruptly retired in late 2012, was arrested the next August on theft charges in connection with the misuse of law library funds that were uncovered in a county audit.

Library bookkeeper Barbara Melnyk also faces theft and other charges. She allegedly used taxpayer money to buy her daughter $2,598.37 worth of textbooks. Melnyk and Piscadlo are in the midst of criminal proceedings.

Ottinger will see her salary rise from $58,409 to $61,604 when she takes her new position. Before going to the law library, Ottinger worked in the Coroner's Office, serving for about 18 months as the acting coroner after the 2006 death of Halbert E. Fillinger Jr.

The law library used to be supervised by a special board but now operates under County Court administration, county spokesman Frank Custer said.
- Carolyn Davis

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