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Auditor in Fayette Controller's office running for treasurer

| Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, 12:02 a.m.
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Mike Zimcosky is a candidate for Fayette County treasurer

An auditor who works for the Fayette County Controller's office is running for county treasurer.

Michael Zimcosky of Smock will seek the Democratic nomination. Incumbent Robert Danko is retiring.

“With Mr. Danko announcing his retirement, I felt it was a good opportunity to use my education and county work experience to benefit the people of Fayette County,” Zimcosky said.

As an internal auditor, Zimcosky said he has performed more than 85 audits of county offices, including tax collectors, magisterial district judges and row officers. His audits helped to uncover “fiscal mismanagement” at the jail, he said, and resulted in recovering nearly $180,000 from the tax claim bureau for the county's general fund.

“My experience working as an accountant and internal auditor has prepared me to handle the challenges that await in the Treasurer's Office,” Zimcosky said in a news release.

“I have a proven track record as a hard-working, dedicated and unbiased internal auditor ... .”

If elected, he said, he will build on Danko's work while implementing initiatives to improve customer service and efficiency.

He said he will fully utilize available technology, including the recent purchase of accounting software.

“One of the goals would be to look at that system and seek ways to use it to make life easier and more convenient for anyone who has dealings with the treasurer's office,” Zimcosky said.

He said he will “ensure hands-on financial management.”

A lifelong Fayette resident, Zimcosky is a graduate of Uniontown High School, California University of Pennsylvania and St. Vincent College.

He holds a bachelor's in business administration with an emphasis in finance and a master of divinity degree.

Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or lzemba@tribweb.com.

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