A memorial plaque dedicating the Juror's Lounge to former Court Administrator has since been removed / photo by John Paul

Beaver County’s judges have removed a memorial plaque dedicated to former Court Administrator Richard DeFilippi.

The Beaver County Court of Common Pleas held a ceremony at the end of December dedicating the Jurors’ Lounge on the second floor of the courthouse to DeFilippi, who died last year of cancer. The Board of Commissioners expressed no objection to the memorial, although never brought the matter up in a public meeting or held a public vote ratifying the dedication.

Several women who work in the courthouse subsequently expressed their opposition to the memorial, feeling that during his tenure DeFilippi had failed to ensure court employees conducted themselves professionally or that female employees were being treated with due respect.

Commissioners Tony Amadio and Dan Camp refused to comment about the controversy when the Beaver Countian asked about it during a public work session this month — Commissioner Sandie Egley said she wanted to have discussions about the matter with the county’s Law Department in light of concerns being raised.

County Commissioners were notified on Friday that the judges had made a decision to remove the memorial on their own. The plaque has been replaced with a framed proclamation by the Board of Commissioners from 1995 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Proclamation from 1995 replaces memorial plaque to DeFilippi / photo by John Paul

See:

County Dedicates Part Of Courthouse In Memory Of Late Court Administrator

Camp & Amadio Silent About Memorial – County Unsure If Public Dedications Need To Be Publicly Voted On

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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Jay Eric
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Jay Eric

Well, that was short lived. Given the controversy was it ever determined who paid for this to be made?

wind
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wind

I’ll give it one wild guess. Us.

Jay Eric
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Jay Eric

I’d concur.

RollingOverOzzie
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RollingOverOzzie

Great … now where am I going to wipe my boogers?

Hellno
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Hellno

Thank-you judges. There is no shame in making a mistake as long as you do what you can to fix it. I respect that.

William Edmondson
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William Edmondson

Remember this if the judge ever gets a memorial

Steven J.
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Steven J.

Here’s a thought; Hang it on the back of the chair where Joe Signore sits at Mountaineer Casino.
I wonder who he travels with now? On our time, too.