Despite a string of controversies engulfing the Beaver Borough Police Department during Mayor Tom Hamilton’s tenure, given their choices the residents of Beaver would be best served by voting to re-elect the incumbent on November 7th.

Tom Hamilton was first appointed as mayor by Borough Council in 2004 to fill the term of Mayor Robert P. Linn, who died in office at the age of 95 (according to the Guinness Book of World Records, Linn’s 58-year tenure had made him the longest serving mayor in the history of the United States). After Hamilton’s appointed term as mayor expired, he was elected to the position by popular vote.

Like Mayor Linn before him, Hamilton has become a beloved figure in the town. Soft-spoken and good-natured, he has the grandfatherly qualities that residents of Beaver have grown accustom to in their mayor — a position which takes on a traditional role of community elder for a town that works hard to perpetuate a Rockwellesque image.

While residents of Beaver primarily view their mayor as a figurehead for parades and other community events, the position is in fact one prescribed by law with an important power to direct activities of the Borough’s police force. Mayors in Pennsylvania are to provide the required checks-and-balances necessary to maintain healthy law enforcement organizations — it is here where Hamilton’s natural aversion to confrontation has at times become problematic.

Tom Hamilton and his fellow residents of Beaver Borough have recently been forced to face a reality of troubling incidents involving the town’s police department over recent years. Problems within its police force began to escalate further after Borough Council made the stunningly unwise decision to have the Police Chief serve in a dual capacity as Borough Manager.

An important check on power was removed. Tom Hamilton was left to shoulder the enormous responsibility of ensuring the town did not decay into a pseudo-dictatorship where one man’s ambitions rein unabashed — regardless of what his intentions may be. Hamilton has struggled to carry that weight and both the Borough of Beaver and the Beaver Police Department have been suffering as a result. Whatever the town saved in payroll by combining positions has already been paid out manyfold elsewhere.

Lauson Cashdollar, an attorney in town and former Borough Councilman, has stepped forward offering his services to reign in the town’s Police Chief Borough Manager chimera. While Tom Hamilton has been far too passive of a mayor, there is little doubt Cashdollar would serve in an opposite extreme if elected.

Attorney Cashdollar has in part already taken on the task of reforming town government in his capacity as a concerned citizen, bringing court action that forced a release of disturbing public records the Beaver Police Department and our county’s easily manipulated District Attorney had worked to keep from public view. But a mayor’s authority under the Pennsylvania Borough Code is limited and it seems likely those limitations would frustrate the attorney. There is reason to believe a Mayor Cashdollar would clash with Borough Council in unhealthy and unproductive ways which would solidify a status quo, rather than effectuate the needed change he seeks to bring.

Cashdollar has used his campaign to raise public awareness about problems in his community and he has proven himself an effective activist; it is in that role he can best continue to serve his neighbors.

The Goldilocks solution to Beaver Borough’s growing problems comes not from changing its mayor, but rather by reversing its disastrous decision to consolidate the powers of Police Chief and Borough Manager into one man. It is time for the town’s residents to hang a Help Wanted sign on the doors of its Borough Building and hire a proper town manager.

53 COMMENTS

  1. I know Lauson Cashdollar and believe he would be an excellent mayor of Beaver. You got the facts right but drew the wrong conclusion. PLEASE RECONSIDER.

     
  2. I don’t care who the individual is, but having the same person serving as Borough Manager and Police Chief is just an invitation for trouble.

     
    • Conflict of interest. The town shouldn’t do that. (Disclaimer: I don’t live in Beaver so I won’t be voting for mayor.)

       
  3. What’s next JP? Endorsing Tiny Tony for sheriff? Too Dumb Tony for commissioner? Connie the Con for treasurer? Again, WTF??!!

     
  4. Sorry, John Paul.

    I disagree with you on this one.

    The internal confrontations with Beaver Council of the past were well justified. Cashdollar was one of few on Council who understood what was happening, could explain it, and knew how to fix it. Also, the sycophantish dynamics of the Council beg for strong leadership.

    It’s much larger than the W-R issue.

    This is not a personality contest. Cashdollar can do the job right. Hamilton has not, cannot.

    Save the grandfatherly baby kissing until the next election. Deal with the ass kissing on town Council now.

    Vote CASHDOLLAR.

     
      • The citizens living with a” Cashdollar Beaver,” better be ready for more restrictions, such as:
        Having a home-based business and who will run it.
        All home improvement tools must be registered, and a necessary permit must be procured prior to time of use.
        Restrictions on building on your property.
        NO GARDEN GNOMES, they creep the mayor out, and he will have problems sleeping.
        Keeping the property in Lausen Cashdollar condition
        Conforming to the color and style of the other properties, must receive approval from Cashdollar Paint Council. Only Sherman Williams.
        Parking on the property, and size and make of auto will be determined by Mayors select committee.
        Restrictions on the breed of pet and number of pets.
        If walking your pet, it must be diapered.
        Restrictions on the height of any WOODEN fence. If Cashdollar approved, some vinyl. No fencing to be grandfather in. Mayors Youth Committee will remove.
        Restrictions on the installations of pools, swing sets, etc.
        Outdoor activities must be approved in writing, a date will be assigned Mayors Fun Guild will monitor behavior.
        FOR A MORE EXTENSIVE LIST You can download info. Must have at minimum 48,089,212,441,714,561 GB memory
        LC4MAYOR@whatthehelldidwejustdo.net

         

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  5. I have to agree Raven. A swift kick in the ass is exactly what needs to happen.

    Cashdollar for Mayor.

     
  6. I’m with Raven on this one. While the position of mayor has limitations placed on its authority, the true test of whether or not the current mayor is the best person for the job is his persuasive ability. People can lead by either authority or by persuasion. Given all of the glaring examples that have occurred in Beaver of why having a combination police chief/town manager is a terrible idea, Hamilton failed miserably at persuading the council to make a change. He had all of the financial data at his fingertips yet still failed to make a convincing enough argument in favor of change.

    While Cashdollar may become frustrated, I don’t believe that a member of the bar association is going into this situation blindly where he doesn’t understand the legal limitations of the position that he is seeking. True, his desire for change can be intense; but, knowing that he’s not able to force change, I believe that it will be the skillset of pursuasive argument, learned by every student in law school, that will make him more effective than someone without his formal education.

    Sorry, but Hamilton can’t sit back after all of these years and not own the problems that plague the Boro. He can’t point the finger at council and say “but my hands were tied.” That’s a line that we’ve come to expect from our Democratic County Commissioner and while we can’t change the makeup of the County Commissioners right now we can start with making the right change in Beaver.

    Vote for Lauren Cashdollar; the only direction that Beaver can go is up since during the tenure of Hamilton it’s gone nowhere except down.

     
  7. Hamilton has about fifty to a hundred signs stuck in Beaver lawns. A sign that this election can’t be taken for granted.

     
    • Or it could be fifty to one hundred people who are trying to publicly remind him of the favor that he’s going to owe them if he wins.

       
  8. Cashdollar is a HORSE’S ASS ,I was told long ago by a man I highly respected.
    After many decades it hold true.

     
  9. Cashdollar may be a horses ass.But better to have an horses ass activist for radical change as Beavers mayor. Tommorow never comes small steps but at least Cashdollar is stepping.

     
  10. The MAYORS MAIN OBJECTIVE
    IS TOO SERVE AS TOWN AMBASSADOR AND LEAD THE DAY TO DAY FUNCTIONS THROUGH A POLICE CHIEF OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

    LET’S SEE
    NUMEROUS LAWSUITS AGAINST POLICE DEPARTMENT….. HE DID NOTHING

    NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS OF BRUTALITY…. HE DID NOTHING

    NUMEROUS EXAMPLES OF ABUSE OF POWER… HE DID NOTHING

    ILLEGAL TIME CARD FRAUD FROM CERTAIN FEW… HE DID NOTHING

    OHHH THE PERSON HE DIRECTLY SUPERVISES THE POLICE CHIEF, HE CONCURRED WITH COUNCIL TO HAVE HIM MADE MANAGER OF BORO…
    WHY NOT.
    LAW SUITS, TIME CARD FRAUD, HARASSMENT ECT. DID GREAT JOB

    OHHHHHHHHHHH AND THE SGT STALKER THE BANGED ON DUTY WAS CAUGHT, THEN STALKED ON DUTY…. OH YAH HE’S STILL WEARING STRIPES . YAH NO THANKS GIVE ME LITTLE CRAZY OVER THE ABSENTEE TOWN FATHER.

    VOTE CASHDOLLAR, HE WILL KEEP COUNCIL IN CHECK AND THEY WILL DO SAME WITH HIM. BUT LEAD A DEPARTMENT TO LAND OF ACCOUNTABILITY

     
  11. So you are saying that all future Mayors should pattern themselves after Mayor Linn? He was a fine man but he turned a blind eye to the Police Dept. also. It has to stop somewhere. I’m sure the mayor has more control other than a tie-breaking vote but those powers haven’t been used in 70 plus years! Someone has to ask why officers are supposed be on duty but are wearing shorts and tee shirts. The mayor cannot fire an officer, only council can. Without a new mayor thinqs will continue to go downhill. Council needs a change of leadership. J.P. the town would be best served if you had the time to attend council and water authority meetings. It would be interesting to read your take on the people running the show.

     
  12. Thanks for your perspective JP, I’ve honestly been on the fence ever since JWR submitted his resignation, and by submitted his resignation I actually mean riding out a few months on disability until he magically and coincidentally hit his 20 year mark. (That’s pure speculation on my part, and should in no way be construed as statement of fact, but there could be a story in there somewhere JP, not to mention what that internal investigation was about) I’ve always found Hamilton to be a good guy, and have heard nothing but great things from the rank and file at DQE. On the other hand, Cashdollar, not so much.
    JP you’ve given me some things to consider prior to voting tomorrow, and agree or disagree, I’m grateful for it.

    Cheers.
    Aldo

     
  13. I’m voting for Cashdollar. JP will have lots to write about if that character gets elected. I need stuff to read.

     
  14. CASHDOLLAR WAS AND ASS WHEN I MET IN THE EARLY 80S AND HE IS STILL ONE THE OLNY THING THAT CASHDOLLAR IS WORRIED ABOUT IS CASHDOLLAR . BELEAVE ME IM NOT FROM BEAVER BUT TRUST ME YOU DONT WONT HIM FOR YOUR MAYOR .

     
  15. Not Raven: Not a chance I’m Cashdollar. If you have read my stuff in the past, you wouldn’t see any similarities. Actually, it would be stupid for a lawyer to comment under a screen name. People would pick up on the biases immediately and being found out would be bad for business. Nope, I’m just a plain and boring person, and lawyering isn’t for me.

    That said, it’s too bad that there have been no comments from Cashdollar or Hamilton. I’ve seen no advertising or literature and no appearances in the media.

    So, for Hamilton — Why are you such a milquetoast and ineffective mayor enabling a ruling oligarchy, and would probably continue to be until no money is left to pay for court lawsuits?

    For Cashdollar — What guarantees can you give the public that the Council meetings would not become fist fights and you would not become an insufferable autocrat?

    Maybe this is a personality contest, after all.

    Hurry guys, the clock is ticking for the polls.

     
    • Raven, over and over you have said this is not a personality contest. Simply stated, IT IS. Cashdollar is arrogant, accusatory, antagonistic … starting with the A’s and I could go on, and on ! I personally know Lauson Cashdollar, my question would be, do you ? Well, that doesn’t matter, you see I am getting ready to vote for Mayor Hamilton, I live in Beaver. Your opinion is all you have to offer here, I am sure you understand you have to LIVE in Beaver (VOTE) to do more than opine.

       
  16. “There is reason to believe a Mayor Cashdollar would clash with Borough Council in unhealthy and unproductive ways which would solidify a status quo, rather than effectuate the needed change he seeks to bring.” – so the change is much needed but we shouldn’t elect the guy who wants to bring change because there might be arguments??? Seems to me that would solidify the status quo much more than electing the guy ready to shake things up.

     
    • That assumes the Beaver Council could be solidified. Actually, they are puppets and won’t speak out, because they are afraid, or friends, of Madgar. Beaver “Name Brands” who protect themselves and their images and cash flows. Given a chance, they might have the opportunity to grow some stones and speak for themselves. You underestimate the weakness of them. To be honest, all criticism aside, I don’t see anyone who could enact the changes except Cashdollar. And there is no one on the horizon, either. This is the one chance Beaver might get to have someone set things straight. He isn’t perfect, but he is the hope for now.

       
  17. Beaver officials did nothing about Robocop and let him terrorize and torture citizen for years, resulting in numerous Federal law suits. But they banned the children of the taxpayers from sled riding in the public park for fear of a liable suit. Go figure.

     
  18. Vote for Cashdollar

    Hamilton is a pawn, one that needs off the board……. unless Beaver borough wants to pay more judgements for stupidity, brute- force and violation of rules.

    The Council needs new leadership from a mayor, not afraid of the chief of police.

    It all boils-down to having some loyalty, honor, and respect… for the office.

     
  19. Thank you JP. I agree with your editorial. Knowing Mr. Cashdollar, he would be a hard pill to swallow for the voters in Beaver. If I had to vote based on anything that came from the BCTimes, I would have to write in Scott Tady, you know, that name recognition factor.

     
  20. VOTE CASHDOLLAR for Mayor. I personally know Cashdollar. He will save us money. He is trustworthy and transparent. He is kind to old people and animals. He recently adopted a poor old dog from the humane society that nobody wanted- and treats it like gold. He has a deep respect for all living beings.

    With Pennsylvania’s money emergency deficit he will be careful with the taxpayer’s hard earned dollars. I trust him with my money.

     
    • Anyone who knows the Cashdollar Family, knows that the above HEALTHY AMERICAN post, was posted by a sibling.
      “I trust him with my money,” that’s true….. and after this feeble attempt at flattery, Big Bro may increase your allowance.

       
  21. I voted today. I was on the fence for the Beaver Mayor race for the reasons described in this op-ed article. I was undecided until I was in front of the voting machine.

    My opinion is that radical changes are not required in Beaver. Hamilton wouldn’t make them and Cashdollar will try. My guess is the final result of these two approaches will closely resemble each other 4 years from now.

    So, in the end I voted for Cashdollar for the simple entertainment value. I think the council meetings will be more entertaining and what will be fun will be to compare what happens in the council meetings to what gets written in the meeting minutes that get posted on the Borough website. I just need to figure out a way to attend these meetings.

    Beaver might have to hire a town wordsmith to craft the meeting minutes…

     
  22. Fool scope, I am no relation to Cashdollar, my granparents are from Sweden and Canada. Now, get out and vote for CASHDOLLAR.

     
    • Ms.healthyamerican- Jeffrey Dahmar liked dogs and old people also, with fava beans and a nice chianti. If your Canadian and Swedish Grandparents are still with us, tell them to pass on any invite to dine with your brother.

       
  23. Well, Hamilton, it wasn’t exactly a landslide, was it?

    The problems remain, and a large portion of the Beaver public showed its vote of no confidence.

    Resign and concede to Cashdollar? One could only hope. You “dodged a bullet” this time, but now everyone knows what is wrong with Beaver government. I hope they bring pressure to bear and make your job a difficult one for the next four years.

    The Wijnen-Riems affair and dual Madgar jobs take another casualty as they plod along their destructive paths.

    You didn’t win. Your friends just voted to kick the can farther down the road.

    Thanks — Thanks for nothing.

     
  24. Raven’s taking his/her ball and leaving. In other news, the prospect for D.A. didnt win his seat for twp commissioner. Gonna be hard to win a county race if you can’t win a local one.

     
  25. @Raven
    Vote percentage
    38.10 Cashdollar
    61.74 Mayor Hamilton
    Can you make sense of your comment “Resign and concede to Cashdollar? One could only hope.”

     
  26. If you want an insight into just how bad things apparently are, consider the possible return of Wijnen-Riems to policing in a local community — that one act — possibly even in Beaver under the again voted-in current mayor, in disregard and defiance of everything that has happened.

    Realize the planning, dealing and influence that would take to make it happen.

    Will he? I have no idea. Just guessing. But that would be the acid test of intentional collusion from top to bottom, and something that could only be done with the present ineffective members of Council, and, enabling mayor. If it were to happen in another community, it would be an intentional disregard of the background events, or, a favor among friends.

    A mayoral change would have made that very unlikely.

    So, you might get what you asked for, Beaver voters, and more.

     
  27. CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITY-? RAVEN, RAVEN, Raven, reign it in. Reread your post. Your world is caving in around you. What is happening to you? This inane post is all based on a Raven, WHAT IF. How about this, consider the possibility, Wijnen-Riems on his way to Haiti, to assist in the relief efforts goes down in a plane crash, and does not survive. Where is you theory at that point. Sorry about this name calling but you are being an ass. You spent one day of your life(you can not get back) as a poll worker for a decisively beaten also ran, and he lost, Cashdollar lost. It was said before, but needs repeating… Come On, SOUR GRAPES !

     

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