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Two Republican Women Elected As A Dynamic Duo To Oversee Beaver County’s Finances

Beaver County voters have elected Republicans Sandie Egley and Maria Longo to oversee the county’s finances in 2020, according to unofficial election results posted by the Bureau of Elections.

Egley, who is vacating her seat as county commissioner at the end of the year, was elected to treasurer and Longo to controller. They are both filling seats currently occupied by Democrats, with Treasurer Connie Javens retiring at the end of the year and Controller David Rossi suffering a largely unexpected defeat at the polls.

“The next four years are going to be very challenging given the impending reassessment,” Egley told BeaverCountian.com shortly after learning she had won her race.

“But my first priority will be an audit of the entire treasurer’s office.”

An investigative report published by BeaverCountian.com in 2015 revealed that the treasurer’s office had not faced a comprehensive audit since 1992. Controller David Rossi’s office subsequently began an audit of the treasurer’s office, although it was never completed and no report was issued.

Longo, who as controller would oversee the audit Egley is asking for, told BeaverCountian.com she is also eager to get to work.

“I am ready and excited to get in there and change things up. I have ideas and I am looking forward to working on them over the next four years,” Longo said.

She pledged to use her position to increase transparency in county government.

“I am very grateful that the voters educated themselves and then came out and supported me. It looks like we have a great team and I look forward to working with all of them,” Longo added.

Egley similarly expressed gratitude that voters are providing her the opportunity to work with Longo, and thanked a small circle of family and friends who helped to run her self-financed campaign.

“I had a strong team and I am grateful for their help and for the voters of Beaver County who have trusted me and who continue to believe in me,” Egley said.

Along with managing the offices of treasurer and controller, Egley and Longo will each have a voting seat on the pension board, which oversees investments of the county’s retirement fund that is currently valued at roughly $320 million.

John Paul
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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John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

Look for secret accounts that may be disguised to appear like a county account. Look for false invoices made up and paid to a false account. Ask the banks for a list of all county accounts even accounts that have been closed within the last ten years, Look at all no-bid invoices and payments. Read about or watch the movie ” All The Queens Horses” about Rita Crundwell.

Raven
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Raven

They can check the desk drawers and see whose names are on the plain brown bags.

Raven
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Raven

“But my first priority will be an audit of the entire treasurer’s office.”

This will be very, very interesting. Decades of no supervision and tons of questions, and hopefully, answers. It could be the main local news story of 2020.

Wise Owl
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Wise Owl

I’m sure the courthouse family has pitched in to help with shredding hundreds of documents. Also I wonder where will the Comptroller Real Estate Office will relocate. Unfortunately, the “partner” is still employed.

WesternPaPard
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WesternPaPard

Only employed for now. Likely to be the first to go. Not in a union position so he may as well start packing (hopefully)

Veritas
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Veritas

The voters have spoken. This shows that change is possible in county government. A “Dynamic Duo” is just what we need. Best of luck to the new team.

Sallyrea
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Sallyrea

I am so freaking excited these two were voted in… I am a registered Democrat and vote for who I think will do right by county residents and I think these two will👍🏻😊

Truthful
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Truthful

Thank you for using your head! It’s highly unusual around here!

weezulgoespop
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weezulgoespop

David Rossi will now have more free time …..Heads Up .. to anyone thinking about opening a buffet.

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