Beaver County Courthouse / photo by John Paul

Beaver County Domestic Relations Director Joseph Signore was directed to leave the courthouse yesterday after three employees filed complaints about a bizarre department-wide meeting he forced them to attend, according to county officials.

Multiple sources within the Domestic Relations Office say Joseph Signore called a department meeting with the approximately 30 members of his staff Friday morning to rant about an article published by the Beaver Countian on his impending retirement.

Signore told his staff that the person who provided information to the Beaver Countian put people’s physical safety in danger by disclosing the location of his retirement party to be held at a popular sports bar — the drinking establishment was going to be open to the public during his celebration.

According to multiple people who attended the meeting, Signore told his staff he is aware of who the “rats” are in his office that speak to the Beaver Countian’s John Paul and then accused one of his office supervisors of being the source for the article — staring at him intently and raising his voice while repeating he knew who was responsible for the reporting.

The supervisor repeatedly denied being the Beaver Countian’s source, Signore persisted, referring to the man as “big boy” and telling his staff that the supervisor and another courthouse employee he identified by name were members of “a secret society.”

Following the mandatory office meeting about the Beaver Countian, Signore sent out an email to his entire department, again reiterating his assertion that individuals’ safety was placed in jeopardy by the release of information about his party.

County officials say they are not aware of any threats made against Signore or anyone in his office.

Also included in Signore’s email to his department were references to bible verses.

“Ephesians 6:10 states that we don’t battle the flesh and blood but rather the demonic spirits of the evil one,” wrote Signore to his employees. “Spirits of jealousy, hatred, arrogance, immorality, gossip, revenge, selfishness etc. I pray against these in the name of Jesus the Christ.”

Employees of his office have previously complained about Signore “pushing prayer” in ways that made them feel uncomfortable.

County officials say the supervisor from Domestic Relations subsequently filed a complaint with the courts and the county about Director Signore’s conduct. Two female employees of Domestic Relations also filed complaints with Human Resources about being forced to endure a hostile working environment created by Signore.

The County Commissioners, Human Resources, and the county’s Law Department were all involved in responding to the incident along with the Court Administrator’s Office.

County officials say they were told President Judge Richard Mancini sent Joseph Signore from the building and gave the supervisor the remainder of the day off. Commissioners then sought and received confirmation that Signore was no longer in the courthouse.

Judge Mancini told officials he would be personally conducting an investigation into the incident.

Several female employees of the courts have previously described their working environment as at times being like a “frat house” where the “good ol’ boys club” protects one another.

Signore’s last day with the county before retirement is scheduled for next Friday, February 9th.

Court personnel spoke to the Beaver Countian for this report on condition they not be quoted by name because they fear potential retaliation. County officials spoke on condition they not be named while discussing personnel matters.

Joseph Signore could not be reached by the Beaver Countian for comment and did not return a detailed voicemail message left on his cellphone.

See Also:

Investigative Report: Courthouse Employees Secretly Logged Domestic Relations Director’s Absences

Judge McBride Lectures Domestic Relations Employees – Courthouse Employees Preparing “Rebellion”

Sources: Beaver County Judges At Odds As State Begins Investigation Into Domestic Relations Director

Former Employee: Domestics Director Got Drunk In The Courthouse – Regularly Left Work To Gamble With Court Admin

County Denies Beaver Countian’s Right-To-Know Request As Part Of Investigation Into Joe Signore

Commissioner Sandie Egley Says She Was Disrespected By Domestic Relations Director Joe Signore During Meeting

Commissioner Egley Files Complaint Against Domestic Relations Director

County Dedicates Part Of Courthouse In Memory Of Late Court Administrator

Judges Remove Courthouse Memorial To Former Court Administrator

Controversial Domestic Relations Director Announces Retirement

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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ShitholeCH
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ShitholeCH

Another “good ol’boy” gone. How many more to go? Get those buses lined up to finish draining the swamp!

ricimer
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ricimer

No dignity at all. Prime example of the psychopathic maniacs in that courthouse. And this disturbed individual had a staff of 30 people for 32 years. No wonder BC is a deep dark hole……….

Wanda David Horvath
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Wanda David Horvath

Thanks for reporting about this man..who seems to have gone a little bonkers!! Glad I never had to meet up with this man.

ricimer
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ricimer

Mancini is going to investigate the incident. Go home Joe your psychotic break from reality will be a little better in the morning.

rick
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rick

Let John Paul investigate.

Sean McClain
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Sean McClain

Just another paid day off at taxpayers expense … good ole bc politics