Chief Clerk Cynthia Cook, Commissioners Tony Amadio, Sandie Egley, and Dan Camp / file photo by John Paul

Beaver County Commissioners will not be approving any of the meeting minutes from their public work sessions for 2017 to date. The decision comes after it was discovered that unauthorized and inaccurate changes had been made to the minutes without the knowledge of the Board.

Although Chief Clerk Cynthia Cook had been keeping minutes of the Commissioners’ work sessions throughout the year as required, the Board failed to formally adopt those minutes at each subsequent meeting. Alterations to the public work session minutes were discovered in October after the Beaver Countian obtained a copy of all minutes for 2017 in response to a Right-To-Know request. All three County Commissioners told the Beaver Countian they did not authorize or know that the changes had been made, and all three of the Commissioners’ administrative assistants — including the Chief Clerk — also insisted they were not the ones who modified the records.

Minutes from a May 31st meeting did not accurately reflect a question-and-answer exchange between the Beaver Countian and Commissioner Tony Amadio about Friendship Ridge and former County Solicitor Joseph Askar, and were modified after being reviewed by the Board to include additional inaccurate information.

Commissioners had originally planned to cast a single vote to approve the 40 separate sets of weekly minutes, but Chief County Solicitor Garen Fedeles said the Board has now decided against the measure because the integrity of those meeting minutes is in question.

“The previous minutes will be unofficial meeting minutes and moving forward they will be put on the agenda as they come up,” said Fedeles.

Solicitor Fedeles said his office has been in contact with the county’s Information Technology Department to beef up security of the files, “We have also been working with the IT department as far as securing a way for the Chief Clerk to be able to put minutes on their computer that no one would have access to except for the Chief Clerk.”

Previously, all employees working in the Commissioner’s Office, the Law Department, and the Information Technology Department, had access to the digital meeting minute files.

County officials say no further action is expected to be taken in the matter and declined to elaborate further for this report.

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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Robin Rogers
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Robin Rogers

So there’s a fox in the henhouse, and it’s all just dandy? No investigation, no prosecution, and no cleaning out the criminals. Nice – real nice.

The HUB
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The HUB

COLLECTIVELY AS A WHOLE, THE CURRENT BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST SHIT SHOW OF MISMANAGEMENT AND POLITICAL BLUNDERS SINCE TAKING OFFICE.

CHANGE WAS NEEDED, BUT WHAT WE GOT AS TAXPAYERS ARE 3 OF THE MOST CLUELESS UNPROFESSIONAL FINGER POINTING CHILDREN RUINING COUNTY GOVERNMENT.

The last board needed to go that started this mess, this board only made it worse.

TIC
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ALL 3 IN THE ROW, GOT TO GO MOTTO 2019

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

Beef up security? Is that a fucking joke? Find out who altered the records and put him in charge of security in the IT Dept, because he is obviously more knowledgeable than the current people in that Dept. As usual, forget about it and take the easy road and sweep it under the rug. Next election, EVERYBODY IS OUT!!!

rick
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rick

As a taxpayer I’m very concerned. This is my Right To Know whats going on in our County Court House.

Jeff Keifer
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Jeff Keifer

Those are our records, not just theirs. This needs investigated and the parties involved needs jail time. I am sick of politicians arrogance.

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

EXACTLEY! ALTERING GOVERNMENT RECORDS IS A CRIME, A VERY SERIOUS CRIME! EVERYTHING ON EVERY COMPUTER IN THAT COURTHOUSE IS A GOVERNMENT RECORD AND BELONGS TO THE TAXPAYERS! EVEN EMAILS!

Frank Oriskovich
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Frank Oriskovich

Report it to The Security Exchange Commission. The minutes are part of Corporation rules. If they reject them it means they have none and the corporation is in default. Not only the records but all of the Corporations activities will be investigated for corrupt organization activities as well by the feds.