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A New Man In Charge

Pennsylvania State Police Lieutenant Eric Hermick has retired. Hermick was the Criminal Investigation Section Commander for Troop D, which covers Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, Mercer, and Armstrong counties.

Hermick is credited for sparking the recent wave of investigations into public corruption in Beaver County, including reaching out to the FBI for their assistance in some of the ongoing probes.

Lieutenant Daniel W. Ekis has taken over as the new Troop D Crimes Commander effective April 24th.

See Also:

PA State Police Say District Attorney Lozier Making “False” Claims – Say They Can Ease Burden On County Taxpayers

FBI Among Agencies Conducting Years-long Investigations Into County Corruption

Lt. Eric Hermick (center wearing hat) / Beaver Countian file photo by John Paul

That Didn’t Last Very Long

Beaver County Deputy Emergency Services Director William Petures has resigned his position with the county. Petures joined the county’s Emergency Sevices Department in 2017 after retiring as Monaca Borough’s Police Chief.

Petures will now be heading up the Police Academy at Community College of Beaver County.

County Officials are expected to meet with EMS Director Eric Brewer this week to discuss a replacement.

See Also:

Monaca Police Chief Retiring To Become Deputy Director Of Beaver County Emergency Services

Deputy Director William Petures (far right) / Beaver Countian file photo by John Paul

A Replacement For The Javens?

I’ve previously reported the name Janice DiMaggio as a possible contender to fill the seat of County Treasurer when Javens retires at the end of next year. Since then, she’s made it clear she will not be running for the seat.

But someone new has stepped forward to tell Democratic politicos he’s definitely running and Treasurer Javens has thrown her full backing behind him: First Deputy Treasurer Cebran Netherland.

Netherland has already started attending public functions in support of his candidacy, so be on the lookout.

See Also:

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Another Change Of Heart

Second Deputy Prothonotary Pamela Laird has also changed her mind, now deciding against running to replace Nancy Werme next year.

I’m hearing it didn’t take long for Werme to scout out another Democratic hopeful to fill her seat. The Prothonotary’s Office is now abuzz with the name of Felicia Santillan — an attorney in Beaver who specializes in Estate Administration and Social Security.


Schooling Camp

Commissioner Dan Camp was asked to give opening remarks at a recent town hall style event hosted by KDKA at the Fez. I’m told the whole ordeal made him extremely nervous, as he is uneasy with speaking in front of people.

Courthouse sources say newly-minted Chairman Camp had the county’s Department of Public Works move a podium into his courthouse office so he could practice his short speech — and get pointers from county employees on how to improve his public speaking skills.

Weeks later, the podium remained in his office.

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Camp Plans To Skip Commissioner Candidates’ Debate Sponsored By Chamber Of Commerce

An Unedited Letter From Commissioner Camp

Commissioner Dan Camp’s Office / photo by John Paul
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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Disgruntled
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Disgruntled

Being a bad public speaker is a lot like being a bad test taker. You’re bad at taking tests because you don’t know the answers. You’re bad at public speaking because you have nothing worthwhile to say.

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

He can go practice calling numbers at church bingo and get the hell out.

Bobby Boom Boom
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Bobby Boom Boom

A practice podium to squeeze out a few short comments??? Maybe this will become like that movie ” The Commissioner’s Speech”

eddie pgh
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eddie pgh

Mr. Camp,

they say the best way to get over public speaking is to just picture everyone in their underwear.

try your best not to look at the treasurer

ricimer
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ricimer

Javens supporting Cebran Netherland for treasurer. Talk about pissing in the face of the people of Beaver County.

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

The only votes he will get are friends of the court.
Order in the Court cause here comes the Judge!

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

You’re all done Camp. You won’t need to do any more speeches. That fucking hootenanny show you got going is coming to an end.

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

Now is the time for Tom Leydig to step in. Netherland will never get a vote with that wild west show and Janice DiMagg can’t take the heat of being Treasurer.

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

Have a nice retirement party you old bag. Godspeed to you, embalmers everywhere are waiting to put your makeup on.