Shoch against county’s new insurance company

SUNBURY– Saving money was a theme again Tuesday at the Northumberland County Commissioners meeting. The commissioners have approved a new insurance company, but it didn’t come without some disagreement. The county switched from CNA Insurance to Travelers Insurance. Commissioner Stephen Bridy says the switch will save the county $50,000. Bridy, along with Commissioner Vinny Clausi voted in favor of the switch.

Commissioner Rick Shoch voted against the measure, saying he would have preferred the companies to be bid out in order to find the most cost effective company. Shoch says last time it was bid out, Purdy Insurance in Sunbury was the lowest bidder. Purdy had been the county’s insurance company for 40 years before CNA Insurance. Clausi, who was part of the meeting via telephone, accused Shoch of “paying to play” saying he supports Purdy because the company gave him $250 during his campaign for commissioner.

Most notably in the county’s new insurance is decrease in deductibles. Deductibles for employees involved in litigation went from $100,000 to $15,000 and for elected officials it went from $25,000 to $15,000. The yearly premium of $330,000 covers automobiles, litigation, properties, general liabilities, law enforcement, public officials and employment practices, such as sexual harassment or wrongful hiring suits. It does not cover healthcare. (Sara Bartlett)

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