Sheriff Tony Guy (right) with Chief Deputy Dean Michael / photo by John Paul

The Beaver County Board of Commissioners has refused to approve four new hires announced by Sheriff Tony Guy, and say they will move to have the positions dissolved entirely at the next meeting of the county’s Salary Board. Sheriff Guy’s Solicitor questions the legality of the Commissioners’ moves, and says they should have made these decisions long before the Sheriff’s Office completed its hiring process for the replacement deputies.

Sheriff Tony Guy announced earlier this month he was hiring four full-time deputies to replace several which he terminated upon taking office in January. The vacant positions were fully funded in the Commissioners’ amended budget they passed in February. Guy developed what he called a “point based merit system” to fill the spots, informed part-time deputies Jen Bredemeier, Doug Hanna, Dave Mangerie, and Steve Montani that he was promoting them to full-time, and then publicly announced to the newspaper that he had made the hires.

County Commissioners say that even with all of the efforts they have made to reduce spending to cover a projected $17 million budgetary shortfall created by the previous Board, current projections show there is still a gap of more than $4 million they have to close. The Sheriff’s Office maintains one of the largest departmental budgets in county government, with approximately $3.2 million budgeted in expenses for the year. County records show the starting salary for a newly hired full-time deputy is $55,000 with a scale based on seniority that tops out at $71,000, not including any overtime pay.

“I learned about these hires by reading about them in the newspaper,” Commissioner Dan Camp told the Beaver Countian. “The Board of Commissioners will not be providing the signatures needed for them to be hired.”

Commissioners Camp and Egley refused to sign the so-called “PAN” forms which authorize the county’s payroll office to release funds for employees. Tony Amadio stood as the sole Commissioner to put his signature on the documents which require approval by a majority of the Board.

Along with refusing to authorize payment for any new hires in the Sheriff’s Office, the Commissioners also intend to move for the removal of the open positions.

“We will be bringing up for discussion at the next Salary Board meeting the elimination of these positions entirely,” added Commissioner Camp.

While Commissioners set budgets and authorize payments to employees, the County Salary Board determines how many positions each department has and what their corresponding salaries will be. The Salary Board is comprised of the three County Commissioners and the County Controller, along with a fifth seat which is filled by the elected row official who would oversee the position in question.

Sheriff’s Office Solicitor Mitchell Shahen told the Beaver Countian he does not believe the Commissioners have legal authority to prevent the hires from occurring at this point.

“There is a time and a place to dissolve positions,” said Shahen. “The [Pennsylvania] County Code requires the Commissioners to fund positions that have already been approved by the Salary Board, and these positions have previously been approved […] If they had dissolved these positions ahead of time that would have been a different issue, but they didn’t. If they didn’t want to have these positions available and they didn’t want to fund them, then they should have dissolved them long before now, not waited until after the Sheriff has taken steps to fill them. The Sheriff is doing nothing but exercising his rights under the law, filling positions that already exist, positions that the Board created.”

Attorney Shahen said he has not yet discussed the Commissioners’ latest actions with Sheriff Guy, but said there were possible legal remedies for him to consider.

Along with refusing to approve new hires for the Sheriff’s Office, Commissioners Camp and Egley have also refused to approve several hires put forward by Treasurer Connie Javens — As with the Sheriff’s hires, Commissioner Tony Amadio was the sole signature on those documents as well.

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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Thecountyisbroken
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Thecountyisbroken

Wtf Connie fucked the taxpayers and really she has the odassity to ask to hire more. Isn’t the 17 million the figure she screwed us out of on the friendship ridge deal and still not speaking. She said to the d.a. catch me if you can . Connie knows all the tricks hes too dumb look nothing STILL done to her reminds me of the Muppet show and at the taxpayers expense.

Nobama
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Nobama

AUDACITY. Not odassity. Your welcome. BTW-I agree 100%.

wtf
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wtf

You are = You’re, not your. Your welcome is incorrect. You are welcome.

jackson4570
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jackson4570

Napoleonic not Neapolitan . Asshole!!!!!!!!!!!

rodney
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rodney

Maybe the treasure should get her old ass out of her office and do some work. Oh…I forgot she doesn’t know how to run an office. There must be more senior citizens in Monaca that she wants to hire. Here is an idea, maybe she should try to hire people that can do more than blow smoke up her useless ass. #pathetictreasure

FrankieS
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FrankieS

Be nice Rodney. Danny Camps grandma works in treasurer’s office.

I Hate Connie
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I Hate Connie

Don’t look like Dan Camp give a shit where grandma works he still stopping Connie Javens from hiring more assholes.

Connie go see if your friends at Friendship Ridge will give you a bed!

Rodney
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Rodney

FrankieS the women you are referring to is related to Dan Camp through marriage. I am told she has worked there for many many years and is an awesome employee, she is not a new hire. The treasure, in my opinion seems to hire young people that she is able to bully and controll or elderly people who can’t do much.

Chelsey Cook
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Chelsey Cook

They’re just pissed off.

Tina Razzano Yeater
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Tina Razzano Yeater

Ok so call me illiterate but why can’t I see the comments or even comment if I want this is new to mr

Nobama
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Nobama

OK. Your illiterate.

jackson4570
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jackson4570

You were told it’s you are or you’re. Can’t you follow directions ??????? Asshole !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Accordingtome
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Accordingtome

Why do we pay for a county solicitor when every department then goes out and spends more money on their own solicitor? Tony hasn’t apparently read the memo yet that he isn’t running his department as an independent entity, separate from the county. The sooner he figures out that at the end of the day the commissioners outrank him when it comes to spending money the faster he will stop wasting county money. Considering that it’s my money that I provide via my taxes, I would greatly appreciate it if he would get his head out of his ass sooner rather than later.

Mungo Jerry
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Mungo Jerry

Hahaha !! Tony and Connie suck it! Seems like some adults are finally in charge and have put a tighter seal on the cookie jar. 4 good buddy positions to fill and now terrible tooth Tony has to break the bad news . Again hahaha!