Beaver County Commissioners Tony Amadio (left), Dan Camp, and Sandie Egley, along with Chief Solicitor Garen Fedeles / photo by John Paul

The Beaver County Board of Commissioners ended the formal portion of their worksession today without divulging or discussing the names of individuals being considered for a contract to serve as attorney for Children and Youth Services. BeaverCountian.com challenged the Board for its lack of transparency, eventually leading Commissioners to disclose the names publicly and then engage in a discussion which shed light on the issues involved and divisions between Commissioners.

As BeaverCountian.com published yesterday, among the names under consideration is that of former county solicitor Joseph Askar, who has been a repeated subject of controversy within the Board. The county had not officially released any of the names of those who applied for the contract, with the list becoming public only as the result of investigative reporting this week by BeaverCountian.com.

The voices heard on the recording begin with the Beaver Countian’s John Paul asking a question of the Board during a public comments portion of the meeting, followed by Commissioner Dan Camp, Commissioner Sandie Egley and then Solicitor Garen Fedeles. County CYS Director Dayna Revay is the second woman’s voice on the recording. Also heard is county resident Carl Hughes, who offered his own perspective of several issues before the Board.

As is his common practice, Commissioner Tony Amadio remained largely silent and did not substantively contribute to the public discussion.

Listen To The Discussion Unfold (approximately 12:35):

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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disheartened taxpayer
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disheartened taxpayer

What are the qualifications and criteria for this role? Is there a formal job description? if so, those who apply need to meet those criteria or BC needs to have integrity in the process, as is common practice in corporate America, and dig deep for qualified individuals to have an equal shot at an interview.

Icanread
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Icanread

Integrity and lack of controversy should be in the job description. This is a very important job and shouldn’t be given on patronage and connections. Bring in new blood.

The Real Troof
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The Real Troof

How about wearing a fucking tie and jacket? Is it that hard to do? Show a little pride, fellas.

seekingjustice
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seekingjustice

Seriously – Amadio with a Steeler shirt on and what does Camp have on!!! So unprofessional – as they both are.

signedepsteinsmother
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signedepsteinsmother

At least Chrome Dome had socks on. Slip on shoes, but i can’t expect him to know how to “bunny ears” his shoes at this point. All that important county stuff he does.

Truthful
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Truthful

Seriously?? This isn’t Beverley Hills, Mount Lebanon, or Fox Chapel.
It’s Podunk town. We’re lucky they’re not wearing overalls!

wtf
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wtf

They didn’t want to give out the names because they didn’t want to have to explain how the fuck they are even considering Askar.

Veritas
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Veritas

First, it is obvious who should NOT be given this contract. Second, and unfortunately, it is obvious who is the only one actually being considered by some members. It is a sham that they even pretend to consider other applicants. Calling for transparency is the right thing to do. It shows us that some at the table have nothing to hide and some, by their silence, do have something to hide. (Being silent says a lot.) It is their job to speak at the meeting. Those who have nothing to contribute should not be at the table. They should not be elected. Calling for an end to nepotism and cronyism is also the right thing to do. (And brave as well.) Ending nepotism would likely empty the courthouse, wouldn’t it? I noticed an absence of enthusiasm. Does anyone really care about finding the best person for the job? Ms. Egley seemed to be carrying the load and was able to answer questions. She showed genuine concern for the importance of the job, and had good reason to oppose one candidate. If Mr. Camp has his mind set on Mr. Askar, he should have been able to articulate his reasons enthusiastically. (He obviously was curbing his enthusiasm at that meeting.) The commissioners are about to award an important contract. Let’s hear some discussion about what qualities the job demands and which candidates they believe have those qualities. Then hire the best person for the job. (You know, if I attended the… Read more »

Marsha moore
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Marsha moore

Ms. Revay was forced to explain how Askar’s name was on the short list when Camp couldn’t. Fedeles is still useless but worse. Bravo, Ms. Egley and Mr. Hughes, and of course, JP.