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First Assistant District Attorney Resigns After Filing Complaint Against DA Lozier On Behalf Of Female Prosecutor

Beaver County First Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Popovich submitted her resignation today after 17 years with the county.

Sources say her resignation letter came about two weeks after she filed a complaint against District Attorney David Lozier for “exceedingly unprofessional comments” he made to another female prosecutor in his office.

Four separate courthouse sources, speaking on condition of anonymity to BeaverCountian.com, corroborated and confirmed that Popovich went to the county Human Resources Office on Aug. 8 to file a complaint against Lozier on behalf of Assistant District Attorney Angela Reed-Strathman.

Popovich declined to provide comment for this report, but sources close to her say it was on Aug. 7 when Reed-Strathman contacted her about a conversation she had with Lozier that afternoon.

Based on Reed-Strathman’s account of the conversation, the sources said, Popovich determined she had a legal obligation as a supervisor to report Lozier to Human Resources.

Reed-Strathman also declined to provide comment for this report. But two courthouse sources with direct knowledge of the complaint said the incident occurred after the close of business on Aug. 7, at about 4:37 p.m., when Lozier told her he wanted to speak with her.

“Lozier calls her in by himself after hours. There was a baby death that day and she thought it would be case related,” said one source.

“He asked her if there are ‘any medical conditions’ she has that he needed to be aware of. She said no, she did not have a medical condition, but then told him that she is having a child. … He asked her if she was having one or two.”

According to the sources, Lozier then began asking Reed-Strathman details about her pregnancy. She is due in January.

“He asked her if her last child was early or late, and she assured him that the office had her case load under control and that anything that needs done on those cases will be finished before the end of the year. … He told her that’s too late and the cases will need dealt with sooner. He said ‘jurors don’t like pregnant women, they make them uncomfortable. It’s not fair to anyone including the defendant.'”

Human Resources Director Sidney Shaw declined to provide comment for this report, citing the confidentiality of employee complaints. But BeaverCountian.com was able to independently verify the existence of an Aug. 13 email she sent to Popovich and Reed-Strathman after meeting with Lozier on Aug. 12 about the matter.

Lozier essentially confirmed the details of the complaint, although he told Shaw his remarks had been taken in the wrong light, a source said. He also told Shaw that he had felt hurt that Reed-Strathman had not told him about her pregnancy.

The county Human Resources Office is a department under the Board of Commissioners, and according to Pennsylvania law has no authority over Lozier as an independently elected official.

Shaw documented the incident in the event Reed-Strathman decided to file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a source said.

This is not the first time Reed-Strathman had expressed concerns about Lozier.

In March, Reed-Strathman received an ethics advisory opinion from the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee in response to her request for guidance about what she felt could be unethical directives Lozier was giving her.

Lozier would not follow her advice to “conflict himself out” of cases filed against Aliquippa Assistant Police Chief Joseph Perciavalle. The PBA’s guidance led to Lozier turning them over to the state Attorney General’s Office, which subsequently dropped one of the remaining charges filed against Perciavalle by county detectives.

Sources close to Popovich said she had been “miserable” working under Lozier.

“County judges often asked her to explain the actions of her boss, which she was unable to do because Lozier’s actions often defy rational explanation,” a source said.

“She was already looking for another job before the incident involving (Reed-Strathman), but this was definitely the straw that fractured the camel’s broken back in new places. … She redoubled her efforts and with her experience and reputation it didn’t take her long to find employment elsewhere.”

Popovich’s last day is slated for Sept. 13, when she is expected to join a law firm in Pittsburgh.

Lozier did not comment about the complaint filed by Reed-Strathman, but wished Popovich well in her future endeavors.

“I always encourage my employees to grow in their profession,” Lozier told BeaverCountian.com.

“Jennifer is a fine lawyer and master trial lawyer. That’s why I asked her to serve as my first assistant four years ago. This move is great for Jennifer, who served this office well for a long time. She will be hard to replace.”

See Also:

Prosecutor Got Ethics Advice About District Attorney Lozier’s Handling Of Aliquippa Case

Attorney General’s Office Drops County Detective’s Felony Case Against Aliquippa Assistant Police Chief

John Paul
John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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EnoughAlready
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EnoughAlready

Enough is enough with this guy. He is a laughing stock in the legal community. There are some very talented, experienced prosecutors in that office who are miserable having to work around his incompetence. He snuck in there because nobody knew who he was but in less than four years he has alienated law enforcement at every level, the judges, the defense bar and the unfortunate victims who have had to try to reconcile his irrational justifications and endure his unconscionably bad people skills. Please vote this clown out. That position is too important.

William Nye
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William Nye

He didn’t sneak in. He beat another crooked attorney who also couldn’t win a magistrate seat. His current opponent better start working harder. Like Lozier or not, he’s out in the community every day at events or knocking on doors somewhere. Don’t be surprised if he’s re-elected for another term.

FUBAR
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FUBAR

Loser Lozier is a first class ASSHOLE. Period.
He is a “Transpublican”. A DemonKKKrat identifying as a Republican.
He and Tiny Tony and Little Boy Danny MUST GO!!!
FUBAR!

Icanread
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Icanread

Oh no, he’s 100% Republican and besties with county Republican president and smear campaign guru, Jim Christiana. Plus, Lozier’s an unethical, bad attorney. Y’all own this one. Democrats have some of their own losers. Local politics are really an individual game, anyway.

Seneca97
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Seneca97

It’s amazing. Republicans blame Dems even when it’s their own candidate. *smh*

Sardonicus
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Sardonicus

“County judges often asked her to explain the actions of her boss, which she was unable to do because Lozier’s actions often defy rational explanation,” a source said.

I am at a loss for words. But, you read it here first. You knew it deep down, but now it’s been written.

Stop the planet; I want to get off!

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

Jennifer Popovich for District Attorney.

equalizer13
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equalizer13

Too much baggage and steeped in the corrupt ways of the BC Courthouse. Damaged goods.

Chonky
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Chonky

A smear with no facts given. Is that because you don’ t have any to back this up ?

equalizer13
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equalizer13

Not a smear oh wise owl, observed court room during a couple trials and ill prepared and very snarky. What’s her won loss record pal. That’s all that matters.

Chonky
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Chonky

Ok dick head just a few I can think of. Starwarz, Dennerline, Burges win win win. Shelly, Jarrod Bullie, Kevin Hooks wins. Davon Cox, Gagot, Metcalf more of the same. Kalil Dixon another one The piece of shit that raped the nun procured by her and doing 18 to 37. Kevin Haskins Tyrone Savage guilty Travon Kirkland the same. Shall I go down to the Clrk of Courts office to get the whole record and show how big of an asshole you are ????? STFU and move on.

equalizer13
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equalizer13

How many unsolved homicides? About 9 open cases.

Chonky
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Chonky

What does an assistant DA have to do with unsolved cases???????? Like I said no facts . Give one and lost numbers.What about the corruption you accused her of . Let’s hear it .

Chonky
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Chonky

Tell us ,what is the record.

Weezulgoespop
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Weezulgoespop

“I always encourage my employees to grow in their profession.” WHO, would seek ANY advice from this incredibly incompetent fool?

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