Commissioner Dan Camp (left), Commissioner Tony Amadio (right) / submitted file photos

County Commissioners are back to square one for the third time in their hunt for a new financial administrator, as another candidate has fallen through after being offered the job.

County Commissioners have been searching to find a replacement for former county financial administrator Ricardo Luckow, who was fired by Commissioners Tony Amadio and Dan Camp on March 8th. Commissioner Amadio had motioned to terminate Luckow after telling news media the Certified Public Accountant’s warnings about massive budgetary deficits were false — although independent audits and a state-funded study of the county’s finances had confirmed Luckow’s findings.

Commissioner Sandie Egley had voted against terminating Luckow at the time, calling him an asset to the people of Beaver County. Commissioner Egley was ousted as Chairman of the Board by Commissioners Camp and Amadio at the same meeting.

Following Luckow’s termination, Egley sought to publicly advertise the open position of financial administrator, but she was overruled by Commissioners Camp and Amadio, who brought forward a single candidate for the job. Amadio and Camp made a job offer to a New York man back in April to fill the vacant position, but Tim Boyde then turned down the job after the Beaver Countian revealed the two commissioners had not accepted any applications from the public. Boyde had been given only one interview before being offered the position — his resume had been brought in by Commissioner Amadio.

County Commissioners then advertised the open position and received several applications, although they ultimately determined only one candidate was qualified to fill the role. Commissioners offered Tracy Smith of Ohio the job late last month, but officials say she subsequently failed to respond to the offer by an established deadline.

The Board of Commissioners held two executive sessions on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the matter. Commissioner Tony Amadio stormed out of both meetings in frustration, according to two people who attended the private closed door sessions.

Without a financial administrator, Commissioners are largely in the dark about the current state of the county’s finances, and have no one to run budgetary projections at a time when the county’s Law Department is negotiating union contracts which will be in effect for the next three years.

Commissioners are not discussing the matter publicly.

County Solicitor Garen Fedeles confirmed to the Beaver Countian on Friday the search for a financial administrator continues. “The county is exploring all of its options, including possibly bringing in a temporary firm until we can get a permanent person into that position.”

The Commissioners had originally abandoned the possibility of contracting with a firm back in April. Cottrill Arbutina & Associates of Beaver expressed little interest in the work after meeting with Commissioners, and the Harrisburg-based Susquehanna Accounting & Consulting Solution told the county they would want approximately $265 an hour to do the job.

Although no longer employed by the county, Ricardo Luckow has continued to assist law enforcement personnel with their investigations into county government. Commissioner Egley has said she will not seek reelection at the end of her first term and has vowed to spend the remaining of her time in office helping to rid the courthouse of corruption.

See Also:

Commissioners Did Not Post Job Opening For Financial Admin – Conducted One Interview Of One Candidate

Commissioners Camp And Amadio’s Sole Candidate For Financial Admin Turns Down Job Offer

Amadio & Camp Remove Egley As Chair & Fire Financial Admin Luckow

Former Financial Admin Still Assisting Law Enforcement Despite Being Fired

Commissioner Egley Won’t Seek Re-election – Dedicating Herself To Tackling Corruption

In-Depth: Beaver Countian Challenges Amadio On Statements About The Budget – Amadio Tells Egley To “Keep Smiling”

Commissioner Amadio Is Telling The Public False Things About County Finances Again

Commissioners Camp And Amadio’s Sole Candidate For Financial Admin Turns Down Job Offer

In-Depth: Beaver County Hid Massive Deficits – Wrote Millions In “Bad Checks” At The End Of Last Year

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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Klaw

Low talkin’ Tony and Stammerin’ Dan, TWO BUFFOONS.

Valdamir
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Valdamir

The professional managers are avoiding BC govt like the plaque because the word on their street it’s a toxic environment.
Totally FUBAR.
Sad.

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

I would love to see Tom Leydig apply for that position but they would never hire him because those rotten crooked bastards know they can’t slide their shady flimflam sweetheart deals past him. You fucking double crossing, dealing con artists should all be in prison.

truepatriot
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truepatriot

There is no justice!

Raven
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Raven

Well, Sleeper and Conehead, hire Luckow back. No harm, no foul. Oh yes, make Sandie Chairperson again, ’cause it ain’t workin’ out so good for the two of you, is it?

Accordingtome
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Accordingtome

All of this is of Dan’s doing…he went along with Sleeper’s idea to fire the financial administrator and make Dan the chairboy. I hope Dan truly understands that even though there’s no number cruncher on staff at the moment, it is still his responsibility to know what the budgets and actual financials are and to “lead” (as if he was capable of doing that) based on prudent fiscal decision making.

Danny boy was played by Sleeper in a big way….and considering that Sleeper keeps finding these candidates who he probably knows have no interest in the postion he continues to leave Danny holding the bag for the cluster f*ck that was created by their little power grab. Most voters would be more forgiving if he realized the error and as Raven indicated put things back the way that they were. If he thinks the situation is going to get any better then he’s been drinking the midget’s Kool Aid.

BTW…wtf does the controller do in this county? How and why is producing financial reports not something that falls within the purview of the controller? From what I’m reading, the Controller supervises “the fiscal affairs of the county including the accounts and official acts relating thereto of all officers or other persons who shall collect, receive, hold or disburse the public monies of the county.” Why is there an additional position paying over 100K that does what the controller is paid to do?

Disgruntled
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Disgruntled

The Controller is basically an accountant who records and reports actual transactions that have already occurred. The Financial Administrator does planning for the future. The FA will use actual historic data provided by the Controller to project forward to create a budget. Definitely two separate and distinct functions and skill sets. A good Controller is rarely a good FA and vice versa. Also a good idea to keep a separation of those duties for control purposes.

So when Dan insists on saying ‘the bills are still getting paid’, he’s correct and the Controller can confirm. But that says nothing about the ability to pay the bills next month, or in December, or in 2019. So either Dan doesn’t know the difference (likely), or he’s being purposefully deceptive and vague (also very possible).

truepatriot
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truepatriot

Of course he doesn’t know the difference! He’s not bright enough! And of course he’s being purposefully deceptive and vague – taking his cues from his “mentor”!

Disgruntled
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Disgruntled

Tony has to be absolutely overjoyed right now. The two majority commissioners hate each other and there is no financial administrator to call out the plummeting financial situation that Tony helped to create. Masterful. And of course, Danny is still too stupid to see it happening, he still thinks Tony is an ally. I can’t wait until the campaign starts, maybe Danny will see then how Tony paints the Republican majority as a complete failure. And it’s going to be hard to argue that he is wrong.

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bobby boom boom

The only thing surprising about this story is that recycling LaValle isn’t mentioned as the solution.