Beaver County Sheriff George David
Sheriff George David / photo by John Paul

Sheriff George David has hired one of the men at the center of a controversy from last year involving his office and Friendship Ridge.

Sam Rosatone Jr. was the head of security and a dietary supervisor at Friendship Ridge before being laid off this year when the facility’s new private owners took control of the nursing home.

Rosatone is the man who called Sheriff George David directly in January of last year to discuss alleged threats made by Larry Hicks at Friendship Ridge. Sheriff David subsequently held a press conference in his office to falsely accuse Hicks of preparing to commit mass murder at the facility. County Officials criticized Rosatone and David at the time for not contacting the 911 center if they believed there was about to be a murderous rampage at the facility. An investigative report by the Beaver Countian determined that Sheriff’s Deputy John Joe Fratangeli filed a materially false affidavit to substantiate criminal charges against Larry Hicks, which were later dropped by the District Attorney’s Office. Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh has declined to comment on dozens of occasions over the past year about an investigation conducted by his office into the false statement filed by Deputy Fratangeli, who has not been disciplined or criminally charged as a result of the incident.

Now county records show that Rosatone is being hired by Sheriff David on a temporary basis to monitor surveillance cameras in the courthouse while another Sheriff’s Office employee is on medical leave.

Courthouse sources tell the Beaver Countian that County Commissioners are expected to hire Rosatone to work in the county’s Department of Public Works following his stint in the Sheriff’s Office.

Sam Rosatone is a Midland Borough Councilman, a Democratic Committeeman, and one of Sheriff David’s personal friends. Democratic Party insiders have told the Beaver Countian that Rosatone is being considered as a potential replacement for Michael “Doc” Sisk to serve as Democratic Party Chairman.

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Note: In the interest of full disclosure, this reporter is a named victim in criminal charges filed against Sheriff George David by the Pennsylvania State Police.

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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Nikki
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Nikki

….of course he did. Would we expect anything different? He’s already proven his unwavering loyalty to David, and right about now, loyal friends are hard to come by for him, so he needs to keep him close.

Also, doesn’t someone higher up on the ladder have to approve this hiring by Sheriff David? And when this “temporary position” is no longer available, wouldn’t someone else have to approve his hiring in the Public Works department? I didn’t think the sheriff was in charge of hiring for the Public Works department.

As usual, something smells foul coming from the sheriff’s office, but not just his this time. This smell is traveling. But, to whom? And where?

SMHsohardimdizzy
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SMHsohardimdizzy

It’s the whole system, Nikki…

jon gonzalez
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jon gonzalez

new dem chairman..can only be good for republicans..

noel
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noel

Get facts straight Sam was never head of Dietary. He sucked @ being in charge of security. If a position becomes available does it not have to be posted. Oh I forgot this is Beaver County were the ur handed a job by a friend even if not qualified.

Tony 2
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Tony 2

Yeah Sammy was democrat pick

His brother was the republican pick cause he worked campaigning for him.

Sammy did a lot of jobs and they saved money with him it was 2 way street

But curious what the hell can he watch in sheriff’s office he half blind.

Tina
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Tina

Good for sam to still be a county employee… Just must be nice to always get a job created for you.. I’m an employee at the ridge who has lost my good insurance.. I’m lucky to still have a job, but now paying a pretty penny for my insurance now that I can’t even use because I can not afford to pay the $5,000 deductible before it covers anything such as X-rays, blood work, MRI, ect… So y even go to the dr.. Oh and also the $76 copay for scripts that I have to pay now and fight to even get. It’s just bullshit how you can even find goods jobs around this place anymore!!! Either must have a good friend or the right last name…. Who’s ass needs sucked to get somewhere!! It’s sad. Me and a lot of others got the stick up our ass. I work very very hard and now sinking quick because of some changes. Guess I’m just lucky to be employed… But it’s crazy how things work around here!!!!!

Marsha moore
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Marsha moore

The one thing you can do is vote the DA, commissioners, and sheriff out of office. They arrogantly go to great lengths to cover themselves while thumbing their collective noses at the hard-working people of Beaver County. They will behave as if they hit the lottery, spending with no aforethought the “windfall” from FR and Shell . And their friends and families expect this entitlement.