Treasurer Connie Javens (dressed in all red) gets in the face of a concerned citizen who asked a question / photo via County of Beaver surveillance camera

Beaver County Treasurer Connie Javens lost her temper at a public work session today, getting inches from the face of a concerned citizen who asked a question during a public comments session, yelling and pointing her finger at the man. Commissioner Sandie Egley tried to get Javens to back away from him, but she remained yelling in his face until being physically shuffled away from him by her own attorney.

Carl Hughes of Hopewell Township is retired after a 26-year career in the United States Navy and Air Force where he served as an intelligence officer. Hughes, who calls himself an avid reader of the Beaver Countian, recently started attending public work sessions as a concerned citizen when the Board of Commissioners began holding meetings about next year’s budget. The man had asked several pointed questions of Beaver County Sheriff Tony Guy at a prior work session and expressed frustration at the time that Treasurer Connie Javens had refused to participate in the Commissioners’ special budget meeting.

Hughes got his chance to engage with Treasurer Connie Javens today following her contentious appearance before the Board of Commissioners about the handling of tax bills and collections. Several other members of the public were also present for today’s meeting in anticipation of an appearance by Javens. Hughes spoke up with the Commissioners agreeing to open the floor to public comments and questions.

“There appears to be a lack of transparency,” Hughs told Javens. “I know you’ve been there for 25 years and you’re used to doing things that you want to do when the times have changed.”

Javens responded to Hughs by bringing up her political ally Republican Sheriff Tony Guy.

“Let me say one thing to you, I was here when you picked on the Sheriff,” she said, now standing directly over the man as he remained seated.

“I didn’t pick on the Sheriff, I asked questions,” Hughs responded.

“Oh yes you did,” replied Javens. “My attorney just told me today that I don’t have to answer any questions.”

Rather than asking questions at a public meeting, Javens suggested that Hughes spend an entire day with her in the Treasurer’s Office.

“So you’re not going to answer any questions then,” asked Hughes.

“Why would I answer any questions,” Javens again responded.

Commissioner Sandie Egley interrupted the two as voices began to be raised — Javens later blamed her yelling on her Italian heritage.

“I’m a concerned taxpayer, I’m not a fool […] Why is there no transparency from your office,” Hughes again asked Javens, specifically mentioning her involvement with the sale of Friendship Ridge.

It was then that Treasurer Connie Javens got even closer to Hughes, leaning into his face, shaking her finger just inches away from him while yelling.

“I did what I was supposed to do,” shouted Javens after making reference to her attorney who was in the room.

Commissioner Sandie Egley again attempted to interject, “Connie, please, please, please don’t point at, at, at, citizens,” as Javens continued to lean into the man’s face pointing.

“Who’s pointing,” replied Javens, looking back at Commissioner Egley, “you got good eyes back there.” Javens then turned back around toward Hughes, again sticking her finger in the man’s face.

Egley continued yelling the Treasurer’s name, struggling to regain control over the meeting, “Connie, Connie, Connie, Connie, Connie….”

Treasurer Connie Javens (dressed in all red) as she is being admonished by Commissioner Sandie Egley / photo via County of Beaver surveillance camera

Hughs sat with his arms crossed, looking Javens directly in the eye, “You’re not going to intimidate me, believe me.”

Javens responded that she was 79-years-old and does not intimidate anybody, “If you don’t have respect for the name, have respect for the Office of the Treasurer.”

As the Beaver Countian got up to take photographs of Javens invading the man’s personal space, her attorney began to physically shuffle her towards the door.

Attorney Gerald Benyo, who was at the meeting as an attendee, then started asking Javens questions of his own about the sale of Friendship Ridge as she made her way through the door. Treasurer Javens suggested he ask the questions of District Attorney David Lozier instead of her.

Treasurer Connie Javens’ conduct was captured by the courthouse surveillance system. The Beaver Countian acquired imagery of the encounter (which does not include corresponding audio) after filing a written Right to Know request with the county.

Commissioners Dan Camp and Sandie Egley talked to the Beaver Countian following the meeting, both expressing their disapproval of Treasurer Connie Javens’ inappropriate conduct.

“The actions by an elected official today were very unprofessional,” said Commissioner Camp. “As an elected official, we need to remember everyday that we are hired and paid for by the citizens of Beaver County and our conduct should reflect the citizens we serve.”

“[Carl Hughes] was very respectful to Connie [Javens], and that was something she did not deserve given the way she was acting toward him,” concluded Commissioner Egley.

Courthouse sources tell the Beaver Countian that Treasurer Connie Javens’ attorney was heard admonishing her about her behavior following the meeting.

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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Benjamin Hyre
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Benjamin Hyre

What a corrupt ignorant piece of poo

Windchasing
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Windchasing

This has nothing to do with the above commenter. I am replying in the top hoping some of the more clueless will read it before saying Connie ran unopposed again. Please do not say that she did, it makes you look idiotic.

Fact: Election Nov. 2015
Connie Javans (D) 18,855 votes Vs Thomas Leydig (R) 17,932 votes (Write in 45 votes)
http://www.beavercountypa.gov/Depts/Elections/Documents/20151103ERR.htm

A difference of 923 votes in favor of Connie. (Sorry Tom, I know you read this and I know it stings.)

wind
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wind

Oh my goodness, I am actually embarrassed for her! Has she forgotten who put her in office? Shame, shame, shame! In my opinion, she appears to be unraveling at the seams. Connie, please try to muster at least a wisp of dignity!

Beavercountysucks
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Beavercountysucks

Embarrassed? You should be embarrassed at yourself. She isn’t unraveling at the seems she’s sticking up for herself like a strong woman would do! She’s not taking shit from you people any more!

economyresident
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economyresident

Right, Connie is a saint. She is overqualified and has never shown even the slightest glimpse of inappropriate behavior or a shade of nepotism, or cronyism, or oh forget it. Sh’s needs to GO!

zippo57
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zippo57

Came for the LoL and got it 😛

Shaun Glasser
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Shaun Glasser

“We as elected officials need to remember we are hired and paid by beaver county!” Now we as county citizens are sick of her corrupt and bullying ways and want her fired. Elected officials can be replaced

Melissa Dickinson Ziegler
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Melissa Dickinson Ziegler

Unfortunately she was just re…elected there is no recourse for the taxpayers to fire her…unless she resigns.

Adam Corak
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Adam Corak

The day that an elected official does this to someone who pays taxes and in turn those taxes pay her wage…is the day she needs to be removed from her position. Start a petition for her impeachment!!

Tawny Chevalier
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Tawny Chevalier

I’ll gladly sign

Renee Ruckert
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Renee Ruckert

We seriously need some legal counsel to see what we can do to get her out of there! She is just the start of many more than need to go! I’m not sure a petition will do it! I think we need something bigger! Yinz saw how hard it was to get rid off the sheriff

Beavercountysucks
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Beavercountysucks

@renneruckert go shove another donut in your mouth and worry about something more important like avoiding diabetes

zippo57
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zippo57

More LuLz……:P

Adam Corak
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Adam Corak

You guys get it started and I’ll lend the Corak name to it..as my great uncle was a county Commissioner in the past and he would be disgusted by these ones we have now.

Thecountyisbroken
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Thecountyisbroken

In my opinion she doesn’t want turn over the tax records. Let’s see, how many properties and years did Unis’s avoid paying and why? Yet, they want to nail an elder lady and take her house for $6.00 missed!! Hell I would pay it if I was treasurer as a good deed…… Also, she would have to forward all properties taxes in beaver county INCLUDING HER AND ALL HER FAMILY’S!!!! I don’t think she wants us to know the answers of what’s been going on there for many years. She will be fully exposed at that point remember she told the commissioners only she has the password . Finally, last she will never reveil the friendship ridge deal due to incriminating herself in my opinion of course. Whats ashame she has turn the court house into a drama house she thinks she owns we shall see Connie…….

Beavercountysucks
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Beavercountysucks

Start a petition for impeachment and wipe your ass with it Adam. Connie knows what she’s doing. Stick to your 9-5

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

If she knows what she’s doing why are you trying to defend your Mama?

Melissa Dickinson Ziegler
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Melissa Dickinson Ziegler

There is no recourse in PA law for an elected officials removal..looked into it regarding Blackhawk school board.

Renee Ruckert
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Renee Ruckert

I new it was really hard to get rid of them! At the rate she’s going and being an old lady! She’ll probably get elected until she dies! I guess she doesn’t know about retirement! She needs to let someone younger who really needs a job take hers! Then again I hear it’s pretty lucrative for her to remain in this position! It’s probably 1 reason why are taxes are increasing so much! Wonder if we the people can demand some kind of audit, that has nothing to do with the county officials! Beaver County at least owes us that much!

Renee Ruckert
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Renee Ruckert

Melissa Dickinson Ziegler I thought so! Thanks for the info

Adam Corak
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Adam Corak

Can protest and cause unrest until she is held accountable

Renee Ruckert
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Renee Ruckert

Adam Corak we need to do something! I sure did not vote for this last time around

Maniac
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Maniac

If she had a string hanging she would look like a overly full tampon . That’s my opinion of course