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The man who’s accused of being a “ghost employee” under the Corbett administration has resigned. Ron Tomalis was serving as a special advisor on higher education to the governor. But activists still want to launch a full investigation even after his resignation.

Government activist Gene Stilp tells FOX43 it doesn’t matter whether or not Rom Tomalis resigned – he won’t withdraw the ethics complaints he filed two weeks ago. He says if all these accusations turn out to be true, he wants Tomalis to give back his salary to the taxpayers.

$140,000 a year… that’s the salary that Tomalis made.

“At this point he’s up to about 175,000 dollars of taxpayers money. We have to find out what he did for that or what he didn’t do. If he didn’t do anything, we want the money back,” says Stilp.

A recent report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette showed he was doing little to no work in his current position…including months with little scheduled activity – all at the expense of the taxpayers. Stilp then filed complaints at the state and federal level. He says he did his digging, but now he wants the ethics committee to do its part and find out if this was a coverup.

“I tried, I couldn’t get a response from anybody. A lot of people who usually see him in the building when he was secretary told me personally they didn’t see him after that when he was a consultant,” says Stilp.

Governor Tom Corbett sat down with Heather Warner on FOX43 Morning News on Monday. He backed up his employee stating examples of Tomalis’s accomplishments.

“He was helping re-establish last year one, this year three governors schools,” says Corbett.

We tried to reach Tomalis for comment but were referred to his resignation letter.

“I have been engaged in conversations with other organizations regarding new opportunities, and given recent events, I believe it is in the best interest of the administration that I resign my position with the commonwealth,” says Tomalis.

Governor Corbett blamed the Wolf campaign for the criticism of Tomalis. Tomalis’s resignation will be effective on the 26th.