A longtime Deputy of the Sheriff’s Office has retired and formally announced her candidacy to become the next Beaver County Sheriff.

Deputy Donna Knopp first joined the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office on April 12th 1988, and retired last week after twenty-five years of service to the county. Her retirement came three years earlier than she had planned.

“I retired because I could not follow George David’s policies, meaning I will not lie for any superior officer in that department, nor will I be pitted against anybody else in that department. So I just decided it was time to retire,” Knopp told the Beaver Countian. “My goal is to campaign for Sheriff […] I can and will lead, guide, and instruct the Sheriff’s Office of Beaver County […] I will bring back pride and integrity to the Sheriff’s Office.”

Deputy Knopp first came forward publicly in May of this year, alleging Sheriff George David tried to get her to lie about a series of events that led to a grievance being filed by Stephanie Guidice, a clerk in his office. Sheriff David had Guidice escorted from her desk by his Chief Deputy shortly following a preliminary hearing held for Larry A. Hicks, a man who David had falsely accused of preparing to commit mass murder at Friendship Ridge. Guidice was a witness at that hearing, and fell victim to a series of well documented incidents of alleged harassment by Sheriff David following her testimony.

Knopp said she feels for the remaining employees of the Sheriff’s Office who don’t have the same option to retire as she did.

“With what’s going on in the office, the hostility towards people in the office, the hostile work environment, the workplace harassment, the job is not fun anymore, that I will say. We all use to get along together, now it’s everybody walks out the door watching their back, and I just decided enough is enough,” said Knopp. “My goal is to help the people in the office.”

Prior to entering law enforcement, Knopp spent 15 years as an employee of Westinghouse Electric Company. After being laid-off she put herself through the police academy, and then applied to become a Beaver County Sheriff’s Deputy like her grandfather before her.

Throughout her career Knopp worked with the state police on undercover sting operations, helped the detective’s bureau with unsolved homicide cases, and served as a member of the county’s SWAT team.

In 1999, Knopp helped spearhead an investigation into the sexual abuse of female inmates by male jail guards at the Beaver County Jail. “It took me two years to do those cases,” said Knopp. “Seven people were dismissed from the Beaver County Jail for their wrong doings, and one of them had to spend 10 years in a state prison because of two counts of rape.”

Deputy Donna Knopp retired with the rank of Sergeant, and was subsequently presented with an award for distinguished service by District Attorney Anthony Berosh. Her Democratic candidacy for the 2015 election marks the first time a woman has ever run for the office of Sheriff in Beaver County.

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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Susan Whelan Black
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Susan Whelan Black

Plenty of experience. Best of luck

Nikki
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Nikki

AMEN!!!

I back her 110%!! This county NEEDS AND DESERVES something different, someone with some sort of integrity and moral compass….

We need someone to try to right the wrongs that have come from the “George David reign of terror” that this county has been under for so very long.

Best of luck to ya!!

vondell mccoy
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vondell mccoy

Of course, you would. Her goal is to help the people in the office. Maybe she cares a lot about saving whales, and the situation at Band Camp, too. Her goal is similar to GD’s in that it doesn’t have anything to do with the public. She said she wants to be Sheriff to help her ex-co-workers. Bottom line. What say you to that NikkiP?

Nikki
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Nikki

Oh Vondell, if it isn’t my 2nd most favorite career criminal in alllll of Beaver County!! Oh, happy day!
Pleasantries aside, you took that ONE statement, in that WHOLE STORY to literally mean “She’s only doing this to help her former coworkers”?!?!
Reading comprehension, dear. For the slow, like you, what that means is, when she is voted in as sheriff, the actual policies and procedures THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO BE ALREADY IN PLACE, AND ENFORCED, WILL BE. Also, by doing so, she would be helping her former coworkers in office DO A BETTER JOB, SINCE THEY WILL BE HELD TO A HIGHER STANDARD, NOT JUST MAKING SHIT UP AS THEY GO. And, in case you missed it, by holding them to a higher standard, means better public relations with us, the citizens of Beaver County.

There ya go, sweetie. Since you very obviously didn’t pay much attention in school, I’ve translated it for you.

vondell mccoy
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vondell mccoy

In the real world, once you commit to something, other things fall into place. The office situation for instance. Whats known doesn’t need to be expressed or explained, especially by a candidate. Reading comprehension? What about common sense? Both yours and hers? You want my attention, tell me something important you’re gonna do with the position for the public, not a group of office workers, if you want my vote. You’re just enthusiastic because shes a woman. Don’t matter what else she brings to the table. Bet you voted for Romney.

vondell mccoy
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vondell mccoy

And ask anyone who knows…Vondell stayed on the honor rolls.

avi
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avi

What? Honor roll? No Dean’s List?

Mwahahahaha….

Nikki
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Nikki

Vondell dearest, I’m not enthusiastic because she’s a woman, I’m enthusiastic because she is not George David. Bottom line.
Obviously, you didn’t get the whole “reading comprehension” part. That’s ok. I doubt you vote anyways, wait….do you even HAVE the ability, with your oh-so-extensive criminal background?? You DO know that they take your voting rights away after so many charges and such, right? Wait, I think that is for felony convictions. Oh well, I digress…
Why do you assume that I voted for Romney? I’d love to hear your reasoning behind that one.
Also, I’d vote a marshmallow into office before I ever voted for David. Hell, I’d vote my dog in, before I ever voted for David. I bet she’d do a better job of it. I’m enthusiastic that someone has stepped up to try to clean up the mess he has left this county in.

vondell mccoy
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vondell mccoy

Doesn’t matter if shes GD or not. What, 2 years till the seat comes up for election? There’s no telling who else may step up between now and then. You make it sound all sweet and dandy, but, even with “GD the joke” still in office, and the atmosphere he has created there, the Sheriffs are still doing their jobs. The public is still being served, and the Sheriffs sales and other workings of that office are being carried out. What makes her so special? It seems to me that her biggest issue is the atmosphere at the office. She should’ve worn a black or brunette wig that day instead of the blonde one, and chosen a public interest instead of inter-office relations of her friends and ex-coworkers to address at that time. And there’s proof!! Look at the questions in these comments for instance. Guns, etc., but this blonde chose to provide the atmosphere in the office as the main and seemingly most important reason for running, and idiots like you read all kinds of other stuff into it. Here’s the only goal the woman has verbalized to the public, and I quote, “My goal is to help people in the office”. Your reading comprehension is seriously in question. I can sum you up in one word…dingbat. Quote some of that stuff you wrote when you replied to my post. Did you hear that stuff come out of her mouth or read it somewhere? Reread the article above, slowly this time, and you will see my point about her only spoken goal. And that is not a realistic goal because if GD manned up and retired or resigned or died or became incapacitated in some way and left office, her goal would be moot. Shes doing the same thing Romney did during his campaign, saying nothing, but making sense to the ignorant (like you). Go ahead and type some more of that valleygirl stuff you always type in this section. Some people actually enjoy that type of stuff. You get obnoxious to the non-ignorant. IJS.

vondell mccoy
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vondell mccoy

And look, you nosey dumbass dingbat of a valleygirl, while you are scanning my record, find one felony, theft, or drug case. Yes I vote. I also work the polls at every election. What do you do?

vondell mccoy
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vondell mccoy

I know what you do. You push your uneducated and uninformed opinions on the unsuspecting public, or to whomever you can impress with those three or four big words you actually know the definition of, and sit back and feel important and smart. Criminals rob, steal and kill. What do you see in my record that makes me a career criminal? Like I said above, You push your uneducated and uninformed opinions on the unsuspecting public, or to whomever you can impress with those three or four big words you actually know the definition of. You ain’t ish, NikkiP.

SoTrue
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SoTrue

Vondell…..BRAVO……hahahahaha. All we need now is the loser song from The Price is Right. 😆

Nikki
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Nikki

This will be the last I say on this, because this has gone WAAAY off topic.
Since ya challenged me, I DID find a felony…..but strangely, they chose not to prosecute. Then I noticed a pattern. There’s an awful lot of charges, that they chose not to prosecute. NOT DROP, just didn’t follow through. That gets someone to thinking…”Well, how could he EVER get so many charges to not be prosecuted…..”
I wouldn’t want to be your friend, Vondell, cause your record smell like a RAT.
A very dirty, stinky one. Karma, my friend, will find you.
Also, I fail to see how my end of Beaver County is “the valley” , thereby making me a “valleygirl”. I know what it is. You WANNA pull the race card, but you can’t, because you know that it will invalidate everything you’ve said (as if it was valid to begin with). So, instead, you throw the valley thing at me. THAT’S FUCKING FUNNY. You couldn’t be farther from the truth. You have ZERO idea who I am, and what my family and background is. That’s fine with me.
Oh, I see you made a new little friend in SoTrue….you two deserve each other. Maybe you can go and play your little “loser tune” from whatever ancient game show you watch for each other…..while you sit there and stroke each other’s “egos”.
Have a wonderful day!

ellen
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ellen

Here is how I see the Prologue going down after the election. Any persons associated with my portending is pure coincidence.

This Election will be a story of a man or woman who met in Beaver County almost like a Banana Republic.

One of them never did anything dishonest in his life except for one crazy minute. The other never did anything honest in his life except for one crazy minute. They both had to get out of the county.

Just be careful about any great success in this chosen field of crooked politics. Because it can endanger all in one crazy moment of honesty…just ask Mike Veon, Jerry & Darla LaValle and of course Frank Clark. :yawn:

Sean Corfield
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Sean Corfield

What’s her stance on the 2nd Amendment? For or against it?

a real regular guy
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a real regular guy

It doesn’t matter what her stance is….Knowing her past devotion to law and order, she will follow the law, regardless of any personal feelings.

vondell mccoy
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vondell mccoy

Whats different between hers and GD’s ‘past devotion to law and order’? All we know is that she worked long enough to retire. Believe that she has skeletons too. And friends, etc., same as GD. I’m not against her becoming Sheriff. Hell, I might even vote for her. I’m just not convinced that her heart is in the right place based on what she has said so far, especially in this article. We see what happens when an elected officials (GD, for instance) heart is in the wrong place. I’m not so sure that I want someone who wants to be an office ombudsman being my sheriff. I need more information. You people are already ready to bet the farm.

ellen
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ellen

It’s always the best who are the first to go, which, means sometime one ain’t going nowhere. If a woman is a woman, she needs someone to believe in, and sometimes only herself.

Sheriff Deputies meet all kinds in their career. Thieves and killers. Pimps and prostitutes. Con men and preachers. Even a few fellas and gals that told the truth. The kind of man or woman one often make the Headlines but, too rare. Maybe one never met them. Or hardly ever. But they’re the only ones who count!!!! 🙂

Bruce Bell
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Bruce Bell

Good question on 2nd Amendment and CCW

Angela Kase
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Angela Kase

Awesome!