Greensburg Tuesday takes
Where credit's due: Along with apprehending and prosecuting those who, without too much difficulty, reportedly racked up $31,173 in fuel purchases on Fayette County's Pacific Pride credit card, perhaps commissioners can also find out why, according to state police, the card wasn't canceled after a county employee reported it lost or stolen. That was in April 2012. Bad as government's fiscal accountability is, such mindless disregard is outrageous.
The overtime dispute: In the latest controversy involving Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held, county Controller Jeff Balzer says Mr. Held's office failed to properly document $124,000 in overtime pay to deputies and $314,000 to part-timers last year. Held says Mr. Balzer's wrong and has no bite to go with his bark. We trust county commissioners will figure out who's right and, more importantly, whether any laws were trampled before this blows up into a county embarrassment.
More “community” communication: Westmoreland County Community College officials make a valid case for providing armed security at the campus near Youngwood. But given the cost involved, the move to hire the county's park police could have benefited from more public discussion along with a detailed review of the alternatives. Especially for the “community,” which ultimately will pay the estimated $316,000-plus tab for police services in 2014.
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