Sheriff George David // Beaver Countian file photo
Sheriff George David // Beaver Countian file photo
Sheriff George David // Beaver Countian file photo

Beaver County Sheriff George David failed to follow Pennsylvania State law when he denied a man a concealed carry permit after losing his temper and tearing the man’s application into pieces, according to multiple sources who are familiar with David’s latest tirade.

Bronson Waite wrote a handwritten letter to the Beaver County Commissioners complaining about the way Sheriff George David treated him when he came in to apply for a concealed carry permit last week.

Sources familiar with the incident tell the Beaver Countian that Waite originally came into the Sheriff’s Office several weeks ago to apply for a permit. An automated system run by the state to conduct background checks was not able to immediately clear him to receive the permit, a situation which is not uncommon. Waite was instructed to fill out a form and send it to the state so a manual background check could be conducted. Sources say Waite received a response back from the state notifying him that he had passed his background check and was now eligible to receive the permit.

Waite returned to the Sheriff’s Office on April 9th at approximately 1:45pm to reapply for the concealed carry permit as instructed by the state. Sources tell the Beaver Countian that Stephanie Guidice, the clerk regularly assigned to handle permit applications, was on vacation leaving clerk Jackie Springston to handle the permit office as a substitute.

Multiple sources independently confirmed to the Beaver Countian that Springston had problems finding Waite’s original application (apparently searching by the man’s first name instead of last name by mistake) and wanted the man to fill out a new application. Those sources say Waite became “frustrated” but “not inappropriate,” repeatedly asking the clerk if he could speak to Stephanie because she was familiar with his situation, and asking Springston to explain to him why he had to start the process all over again. The clerk was reportedly “very short” with Waite, and eventually went to get Sheriff David.

Multiple sources say Sheriff David came out of his office and immediately began an “unprofessional tirade,” yelling and screaming at the man for how he was allegedly treating the clerk. Sheriff David eventually told the man that he was being denied and to leave the office, ripping the man’s permit application into pieces. Those sources say Waite did not raise his voice and remained calm during the encounter.

Under Pennsylvania law, copies of applications must be retained by the Sheriff’s Office for several years. Individuals who are denied a concealed carry permit must be sent a letter stating the specific legal reasons for the denial and providing information on the individual’s right to appeal to the Court of Common Pleas.

The Beaver County Board of Commissioners received a handwritten letter from Waite today, corroborated by the version of events provided to the Beaver Countian by its sources. This publication obtained a copy of Waite’s letter from county officials.

“The Sheriff of the county along with the clerk there were all very rude. The Sheriff was actually yelling at me,” wrote Waite. “I am a full adult and have not been yelled at like that by even my own father. I would not be writing this if I felt like he was being fair. I will admit I had questionable attitude but this is the 5th hoop I’ve had to jump through in order to acquire my permit […] I felt my level of frustration was justifiable given the attitude of the employees there and I feel that even the Sheriff of Beaver County does not have the right to yell at me like an 8 year old or deny me the right to carry the firearm that the state already approved.”

Previous investigative reporting by the Beaver Countian has shown that Sheriff George David illegally denied hundreds of people concealed carry permits since taking office. A Beaver County judge has previously ruled that Sheriff David violated one man’s due process rights when denying him a permit.

Other reporting by the Beaver Countian showed that Sheriff David has illegally given away free or discounted gun permits to hundreds of his friends and political cronies. Audits conducted by the Beaver County Controller’s Office have subsequently confirmed the Beaver Countian’s reporting. Beaver County District Attorney Tony Berosh recused his office from prosecuting the Sheriff, referring the cases to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. Sheriff David has not been criminally charged in the matters.

“The rules that govern the issuance of concealed carry permits in Pennsylvania are clear cut and need to be adhered to,” said Tony Guy, a retired State Police Sergeant who is running for Sheriff on the Republican ticket. “Elected officials also need to remember that they work for the citizens and should treat them with the appropriate respect.”

Wayne Kress, a retired State Police Trooper who is running against George David in the Democratic primary for Sheriff, said this was just another example of George David disgracing his badge. “This doesn’t surprise me at all. This is typical behavior from him. He still hasn’t learned his lesson, he’s still behaving like a juvenile and throwing temper tantrums. He acts like a tyrant towards his employees, and he acts like a tyrant towards average citizen unless they have something to offer him. What did this guy have to offer him? Nothing, so he gets yelled at and screamed at like an 8 year old kid […] I would be scared to go down to that office if I was a regular citizen. It’s not supposed to be that way. This man had his rights violated.”

In early 2014, five secretaries in the Sheriff’s Office provided written statements to the county saying they were being harassed, bullied, degraded, and otherwise mistreated by George David. Among the allegations made by the secretaries include that Sheriff David falsely accused them of wrongdoings, unjustly disciplined them, screamed at them in fits of rage, and used degrading and derogatory language to demean them.

The Board of Commissioners does not have authority to discipline or fire Sheriff George David. Commissioners Tony Amadio and Joe Spanik have both refused to run with Sheriff David for reelection, citing his flagrant violations of Pennsylvania State laws and his repeated abusive behavior and mistreatment of other human beings.

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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Justin Shuy
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Justin Shuy

Still is shocking he is Sheriff and not behind bars

Annette Huff Vose
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Annette Huff Vose

Do you know if he was punished for mistreating the five secretaries?

Marissa Eakin Rock
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Marissa Eakin Rock

Big deal we all have our moments guess you all are perfect

Annette Huff Vose
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Annette Huff Vose

Nobody is perfect. If you are an elected official you are held to a different standard than the regular citizen, This guy is making a mockery of Beaver County. Enough is enough.

Lori Springston
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Lori Springston

thank you! Thai is clearly half the story….

tiredashell
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tiredashell

Imperfect is one thing, a raging fucking lunatic is another!

Blippity Bloo Blah
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Blippity Bloo Blah

^^^Found George David’s lover. Just kidding, but is this lady serious?!

jaacee
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jaacee

No, I’m not perfect, but you are……perfectly STUPID!!!!!!!

Marissa Eakin Rock
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Marissa Eakin Rock

Guess ur perfect Annette and btw everyone is human no matter what standard u rank

Eddie
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Eddie

Are u stupid? This guy is the perfect example of whats going on in this fucked up country…how about he takes that badge off and then talk to grown men like that…i bet money he does not have the heart..

Heather Fisher Longerman
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Heather Fisher Longerman

Being not perfect or human isnt even a justifiable excuse anymore. He has proven his in competency time and time again, he is a hot head and has obviously let his “title” go to his head. He needs to be held accountable for his actions….who the hell does he think he is???? Ohh thats right…..GOD!!

Marissa Eakin Rock
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Marissa Eakin Rock

Ok ur God Heather I forgot

leppis
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leppis

Oh my Marissa, You must be his new bed-warmer!!!
You must be pretty desperate!

Scott Kuhn
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Scott Kuhn

Im not perfect , but I don’t violate someone constitutional rights. That is an ignorant and ridiculous statement to make. Nobodys perfect, but our SHERIFF should know the laws !!! Not break THEM !!!

Raven
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Raven

@Marissa Eakin Rock: Congratulations, Marissa. That is the best understatement of George David’s situation since “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, when the Black Knight insisted, “‘It’s just a flesh wound!”

eddiepgh
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eddiepgh

how many moments are you allowed to have before it becomes a pattern and a way of life?

Karen Getty
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Karen Getty

George David needs to go!!! He is so unprofessional . We need to elect someone to take control of Beaver County and treat people right! Honest people ! Vote him out!!!

Tracy Lisica
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Tracy Lisica

When you are paid by the taxpayer you should be held to a higher standard . You owe It to those that put their faith in you!

Nancy J. Elsman
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Nancy J. Elsman

lmao watch your hands!