Official put on unpaid leave

FONDA – Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Adam Schwabrow, who was charged with rape in Johnstown last week and suspended from his other job as a Johnstown police officer, has been placed on unpaid leave from his emergency management job.

The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors also passed a resolution Tuesday appointing the interim deputy director, Rick Sager, to fill the position pending Schwabrow’s rape investigation.

“We’re not trying to proclaim that anyone is guilty or innocent or otherwise,” Board of Supervisors Chairman John Thayer said Tuesday. “We just wanted to make sure Montgomery County was represented by an emergency management coordinator.”

Sager will receive an annual salary of $25,000 for the position. The pay will be prorated, Thayer said.

Schwabrow was placed on paid leave by the county after his arrest Thursday.

The Johnstown Police Department also placed Schwabrow on paid leave. That status has not changed.

Schwabrow, 32, a Johnstown resident, was charged with third-degree rape, commonly known as statutory rape, a felony, and was released on bail. Authorities said Schwabrow is accused of having sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl at some point over the past year

and a half. The alleged crime took place in Johnstown, authorities said.

Thayer said the resolution is indefinite pending the investigation.

“The resolution is unpaid pending investigation, so whatever may pop up from the investigation in Fulton County, we’re going to lean on since they’re the ones that made the charges,” he said.

Schwabrow is a nine-year member of the Johnstown Police Department and is the city’s K-9 officer.

Schwabrow’s police salary is approximately $60,000, the police chief said.