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Article published November 26, 2012

No photo evidence exists, official says

Kelly B. Garrett
Butler Eagle

A claim Butler County Commissioner Jim Eckstein made of having photographic evidence of a conspiracy against him is false.

Steven Hively of Cranberry Township and a longtime active Republican said Monday he filed a Right-to-Know request on Nov. 9 with the county, asking for access to photographs that Eckstein had talked about at the Nov. 8 county commissioners meeting.
At that meeting, Eckstein said Commissioner Bill McCarrier had been holding conspiratorial meetings with people like Hively, who has been publicly critical of the commissioner, as well as Slippery Rock Councilman Itzi Meztli.
Eckstein said he had photographs of them meeting together.
Hively said he wanted to see these photographs because “there haven’t been any meetings about (Eckstein with McCarrier).
“I think the things Eckstein said (Nov. 8) were malicious and willful,” Hively said in denying the conspiracy claim.
County chief clerk Amy Wilson responded in a Nov. 16 e-mail to Hively’s request for photographs by writing, “The county is unable to comply with your request. According to Commissioner James Eckstein, he made a mistake, and there are no such photographs.”
The commissioners were unavailable for comment because they were in Hershey for the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania annual conference, said Wilson, who is the county’s open records officer.