Commissioners Dan Camp and Tony Amadio are back to square one in their search for a new financial administrator, after their sole candidate for the position turned down the job when he was made an official offer last week.
The county has been without a financial administrator since March 8th, when Commissioners Amadio and Camp voted to fire Ricardo Luckow — a Certified Public Accountant who had exposed previously undisclosed budgetary deficits under the prior Amadio-led Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Sandie Egley voted against the termination of Luckow and has praised the work he did on behalf of the county.
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. The Beaver Countian revealed that Tim Boyde — a Rochester native who currently resides in New York — was the only person considered for the position in an article published on April 9th. It is unclear how Amadio and Camp came up with the name of Boyde, but after conducting one interview of the man, the two Commissioners instructed the county’s Human Resources Department to offer him the job.
Boyde then declined the offer, telling the county he changed his mind about wanting the position and had decided to stay in New York.
The County Commissioners held discussions during an executive session following their public worksession yesterday to decide how to proceed — the Beaver Countian had objected to the discussion being held in private, believing it to be a possible violation of the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act. Following the private meeting, it was announced that Commissioners will now advertise the open position of financial administrator and seek applications from the public.
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 that will be in effect for the next three years.
Although no longer employed by the county, Ricardo Luckow has continued to assist law enforcement personnel with their investigations into county government.