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Keeping the Lights On for County Government: Treasurer Adapts Life and Work to Pandemic

Editor’s Note: This article is part of BeaverCountian.com’s ongoing series, “The Beaver County Coronavirus Chronicles,” the county’s historical experience of the pandemic. Click here to see more of the series.

BEAVER AND ROCHESTER

County Treasurer Sandie Egley sat in her Beaver home Sunday watching as granddaughter Emery took her first step.

Emery Rose Jordan, who just turned one on March 5, put one foot in front of the other and reached out for her grandmother.

But Emery wasn’t in Beaver with Sandie as she took that step, she was at home in Rochester with her mother Casie.

“I made the decision two weeks ago that I wouldn’t be seeing them in person. We have been connecting on Facetime, she’s been crawling to the phone to see me,” Sandie said. “My daughter didn’t want to tell me until I saw it for myself. Today she took her first steps towards me, but I didn’t get to be there to catch her.”

Sandie said she is thankful for the women and men who are out in the community doing vital work, like providing emergency medical services or patrolling the streets to keep them safe.

“There are a lot of brave people taking brave steps and I appreciate everything people are doing so much. But for the rest of us, our biggest job is just to stay home.”

Local, state, and federal officials are hoping social distancing will help to “flatten the curve” of coronavirus infections and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.

Sandie has been staying home but for one notable exception, she continues to work in the courthouse each day.

“On Friday I had three employees at work in my office, normally I would have 11,” she said.

“We are working hard to get all of the taxes that have been sent in opened and processed.”

Sandie said thousands of envelopes have been opened in recent weeks. She said she averages between 250 to 400 a day just herself. “And I’m slow compared to the rest of them,” she laughed.

While many have been critical of the courthouse remaining open for county business, Sandie said the work her office is doing is vital.

“If we want to pay our vendors, and pay our employees and their health insurance, and if we want to continue providing important services to the public, we have to be able to pay for it all. We can’t pay for it if the money isn’t in the bank.”

While her daytime job is of consequence to the county, Sandie said it is the private moments at home that matter the most to her in this time of uncertainty.

“Everyone is so concerned and scared, me too. But when I see Emery, she makes everything right, she makes everything good. She’s the future.”

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John Paul
John Paul
John Paul is an award-winning investigative journalist and founder of BeaverCountian.com. He reports full-time for the site with a focus on public watchdog journalism.

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