Sheriff Tony Guy / campaign photo

Editor’s Note: Tony Guy is a retired Pennsylvania State Police Sergeant and the Republican candidate for Sheriff. He submitted the following op-ed to the Beaver Countian for publication.

Last week a Beaver County sheriff’s deputy was charged with hindering apprehension (a felony) and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing the administration of law. This week the Beaver County sheriff’s office has received yet another black eye as a suspended Lieutenant Deputy was sentenced for giving false testimony in a case involving the current sheriff. There are those who want to blame this and past incidents entirely on the current sheriff and the particular deputies involved, and end the analysis at that point. While the individuals involved in these incidents need to be held accountable, and the sheriff ultimately answerable, they are merely symptoms of a much greater problem. The larger issue is systemic, and is pervasive not just in the sheriff’s office but exists in every function within our county government. It is a patronage system, which places value on personal and political relationships above professionalism and process.

If we wish to have a truly professional sheriff’s office in Beaver County, the system of cronyism, political hiring, and protecting political friends must end. While the solution to this may seem relatively simple, changing an ingrained culture will take someone with the proper background, experience, and foresight to implement it. In the interest of transparency I’d like to present my three-phased process:

Unbiased review of all current personnel:

Because no system has been in place to select the best candidates for hiring, every individual within the current office will need to be evaluated. As the new Sheriff I would require every Deputy and Supervisor within the office to submit a resume for review. This would be followed up by a formal, structured interview and a background investigation. As a sergeant with the Pennsylvania State Police I took part in the process whereby probationary Troopers were dismissed. While this can be a difficult decision, as it affects the lives of individuals and families, it is absolutely necessary to reform the Sheriff’s Office. The weeding out of those unworthy of wearing the badge is an essential step.

Additionally, I will make no promise of a job to anyone prior to the election based on political support or personal relationships. Political patronage in the sheriff’s office is exactly what has led to the current situation. The retention process should be based on qualifications and character, not politics.

Progressive discipline system:

The elimination of those who don’t belong in the Sheriff’s Office doesn’t address the potential for future problems that will arise with personnel. Policy and Procedures need to be reviewed and revised. Instituting a progressive discipline system to address everything from minor infractions to egregious or unlawful behavior will again treat all members by the same standards. Establishing a functioning chain of command and giving authority to supervisors in that chain will eliminate the favoritism that currently exists.

As a Corporal and a Sergeant with the State Police I took part in administering this type of structured system. Establishing these standards will allow the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Office to run smoothly without even the slightest appearance of political motivation. This is how professional law enforcement agencies are run.

Hiring Standards and Process:

As the next Sheriff, I will advertise all openings within the Sheriff’s Office for public viewing. A formal application will be submitted which will include all background information. The hiring process will involve an initial written test for all candidates. Veteran’s preference will be applied similar to Federal and State hiring. Panel interviews will be conducted with standardized scoring, followed by a background investigation. Physical fitness standards, and drug testing will be a part of the process. This process will establish a list of qualified candidates. No deputy will be hired without Act 120 law enforcement credentials or Act 10 sheriff deputy training. No longer will unqualified individuals be given a gun and a badge and sent into the field.

As a polygraph examiner for the Pennsylvania State Police, I conducted hundreds of interviews and screenings for applicants. As a Sergeant I sat on interview panels for Troopers seeking to be promoted to Corporal. As the Special Emergency Response Team Assistant Coordinator I revised and administered the three-day selection process for new team members.

If I am elected as Beaver County’s next sheriff, I will bring all that experience to the office. Personnel issues are by no means the only concerns that will need to be addressed by the new sheriff. But, under my leadership, the current culture will be reformed and the Sheriff’s Office will become the example of how all government should work.

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Blow Hard
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Blow Hard

“i’m gonna to evaluate everybody” BLAH BLAH BLAH blow it up your ass

Tony are you going to fire John Joe or not? Alstat? Ochs? Tibole? Tallon? What about Costenza? Hurst? Clark? What about the rest of Georgie’s assholes?

Wayne Kress answered that question for me and said YES HE IS and unless youre going to answer it too you can’t have my vote

PS Wonder what John Paul would think if he found out you spent a whole day in Ambridge with fucking JIMMY MANN the slime ball that got Georgie off the hook? Huh? If you cant even evaluate Jimmy Mann how the fuck you gonna evaluate anyone else CUZ?

Justin
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Justin

I did see Tony Guy standing with Chief Mann for a long time at Good Samaritan over the weekend. I have no use for people like him.

eddiemerchant
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eddiemerchant

First of all, @ Blow Hard, my compliments on your having picked an entirely appropriate on line pseudonym.

If you’re looking for someone to go off making decisions based on hearsay and absent any fact finding, Tony Guy is not your candidate. If you’re looking for someone who knows in advance of having spent a single day in office who he will hire and who he will fire, Tony Guy is not your candidate. If you’re looking for a candidate who worries about who he’s seen talking with publicly, Tony Guy is not your candidate.

For those who want professionalism, process, and transparency in the Sheriffs Dept., TONY GUY is not just the right guy, but the only guy for this office. Tony has laid out in this submission exactly how he intends to evaluate current personnel and his intention to reorganize and restructure that department.

Us grown-ups prefer process to knee jerk decision making, response to reaction, and purposeful planning to seat of the pants emotionally based decision making.
On November 3rd, the grown ups are going to be heard.

equalizer13
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equalizer13

Right on Tony, sounds like you at least have an idea what the hell to do! Definitely going to need a big broom to sweep out those “stables” at the county courthouse. Good luck! Got my vote.

Bababooey
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Bababooey

@Blow Hard, Your post may be the most unintelligent response to a very well constructed and laid out plan by a candidate in this current election cycle for our county. It’s obvious you have very strong feelings, yet very little in the way of common sense. I would love to hear how you would in turn, change what he has laid out for the future of the department that serves a purpose where we live. Otherwise, go back to your minimum wage job and keep the important issues to the adults.

Don't get railroaded
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Don't get railroaded

Same here either answer the question or Kress has my vote and the other 30 I control. Not voting for anyone who makes promises

Xarmyvet
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Xarmyvet

Guy sounds extremely experienced, intelligent and level headed. Just what we need in a Sheriff. Kress naming names and promising jobs is not professional its political, all done to gain support.

Standing in the open speaking to multiple people while Kress, Werme and Javes watches tells me Guy has nothing to hide.

I’ll be voting Guy for Sheriff!! He’s the only candidate that’s professional and experienced!

Raven
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Raven

You have my vote, Tony. Kress is a very good candidate, and I really like him, but I have to support experience and a proven record. We can’t wait for on-the-job experience to lag behind action on the first day of the job.

Raven
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Raven

Yes, the Mann “thing” bothers me, too. The Sheriff’s trial was a good insight into the relationships among law enforcement friends, who covered and lied for one another, creating distrust. I believe that you will be judged by your company, right or wrong, and that might be one of the hardest decisions you will make.

Hoss
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Hoss

I think a lot of you are missing the point . While walking in and getting rid of everyone sounds great its not the answer its just going to cause more problems for the new sheriff because he will spend the next 2 years in arbitration hearings when they all file grievances. Going in and getting a reasonable evaluation POLITICS AN PERSONALITIES aside you make a case for dismissal. if you think those guys are going to get fired by KRESS and just say” oh well it was a good run lets move on ” you my friend are living in LA LA LAND !!! So KRESS may be telling you what you and most want to hear but its not the TRUTH, its more of the same POLITICS and that got us into the problem we now have . Tony GUY has walked the walk as a TROOPER , CORPORAL and SERGEANT command decisions by a supervisor with PSP and was involved in the discipline process of officers dismissed and disciplined as an FOP officer. The next person KRESS supervises and or disciplines will be his FIRST ..Although both are better than the current Tony GUY is the ONLY choice and yes I worked with him and for him and he was one my Lodge executive board members Cpl. K. J. YUHAS PSP( retired ) Immediate past president FOP Lodge 47

No Do Overs
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No Do Overs

Ya so what everyone who has been victimizing the public gets a clean slate? Gets to start all over until they victimize still more people? No thanks. They can file whatever grievances they want but a new sheriff is allowed to fire people. End of story.

Bababooey
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Bababooey

Obviously you were not able to comprehend the article. That is not what the man said and what is scary is people like yourself and others with similar thoughts get to vote. Very scary

Raven
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Raven

You say, “The larger issue is systemic, and is pervasive not just in the sheriff’s office but exists in every function within our county government.” Also consider that “systemic” extends beyond the Courthouse walls, into local communities. The current Sheriff did not exist by support of friends and followers in the Courthouse alone. It was a network throughout the county. This tree will have to be pulled out by the roots. I do applaud your approach, though. And, to say that you will fire certain people up front to get the votes of some commenters here, before you have the job, is of course, ridiculous. That would undermine the plan you have given here, and it would smack of satisfying special interests. If you stick with your proposed transparent plan, it should work. The job will be tough enough. Don’t be taken hostage by people who want to have personal agendas enacted.