Chief County Assessor Kevin J. McIlwain / file photo by John Paul

The man who will be overseeing a reassessment of every taxable property in Beaver County is being referred to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) over officials’ concerns about his managerial skills.

County Chief Assessor Kevin McIlwain was notified this week he is being mandated to attend the county’s EAP.

The action is a result of several issues raised about McIlwain by other employees, as well as situations involving county commissioners and the law department, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter.

A female employee of McIlwain’s department voluntarily transferred to the county Treasurer’s Office this week.

McIlwain did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Beaver County’s EAP program is administered by an outside company in conjunction with the county Human Resources Department. It is designed to help an employee resolve a range issues at work or at home and is tailored to individual needs. The EAP can provide referrals to services including on-site training for management or staff, skill building seminars, life coaches, or counselors.

Human Resources Director Sidney Shaw told BeaverCountian.com today she was unable to comment about personnel issues.

“It’s hoped that EAP will help him deal with his bullish behavior,” said a source with knowledge of the commissioners’ thinking.

Common Pleas Judge Dale Fouse issued an order in June directing county commissioners to enter into a contract with a company by January to reassess all taxable properties in the county. The work must be completed by June 2022 with the reassessments going into effect in 2023.

The order came as a result of litigation brought by local developer C.J. Betters, who successfully argued that changes in neighborhood property values since the last reassessment in 1982 have resulted in inequities with taxation.

Author’s Note: This article briefly attributed a response by McIlwain. In fact, McIlwain did not respond to a message seeking comment and could not be reached by phone at the time of this report. BeaverCountian.com strives for accuracy in all that it reports and regrets the error.

See Also: Will A Reassessment Rebellion Be Repeated In Beaver County? Revisiting The 1982 Revolt

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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Christina Corradi
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Christina Corradi

I have worked with Mr.Mcilwain for 2 years now and he is a very hands on boss. I don’t have any problems with him. He is very to the point and is a good boss.

Mr. Whipple
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Mr. Whipple

Here Cristina…take this toilet paper and wipe your nose off. SMH.

Raven
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Raven

Shakespeare penned a play called “Much Ado About Nothing.” But, that nothing turned out to be something. Methinks that “something is rotten in Denmark” fits this as well.

FUBAR
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FUBAR

Wait…WHAT??!! FIRE HIS ASS!!! WTF! So now the taxpayers are on the hook for COUNSELING??!! What the hell is wrong with the people running this county? What a bunch of dysfunctional idiots protecting peoples job who should be FIRED!!! FUBAR!!!

Rich Mann
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Rich Mann

From a personal stand point, which is all I can and will speak on, being a stern boss is not foreign to county history. Having said that, I respect honesty, and a straight-to-the-point type of person, and I’ve always found that in any approach to Mr. McIlwain. And will continue to appreciate the positive changes and honesty that I have come to respect in him!

Christina Corradi
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Christina Corradi

Not here to argue so called Mr. Whipple giving my personal opinion which I have that right. And work in the office so know a little more than you. And that is all that will be said like I said I am not here to Argue. Smh

Gringo
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Gringo

But you are in fact arguing.

Mike Suley
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Mike Suley

The Chief Assessor cannot defend himself publicly or he risks being fired by the commissioners. Personnel matters must be kept confidential.

wind
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wind

Just why is this personnel issue public? It just doesn’t seem right and I’m questioning the motive in making it public. Why? What’s up?

Physic
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Physic

Because thats what this blog is about… whether it’s fact or not.