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Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Last reviewed: December 10, 2011
Main article: Evaluation of Pennsylvania county websites Last rated on Jan. 21, 2012
- Council meetings and agendas are published.
- Elected Commissioners and Row Officers are published, including contact information.
- Administrative officials are published, including department information and contact information.
- Election information is published.
- Audits are available.
- Budget information is available.
- Permits and licensing information is available.
- Bids are published.
- Contracts and purchase receipts are published.
- Public records are complete and available online.
- Online services, including online forms and documents is an excellent resource for citizens.
- No lobbying information.
- Building and zoning info not posted.
Elected Officials: Council Members
|Charles Martin||Commissioner Chairman|
|Robert Loughery||Commissioner Vice Chairman|
|Mary Smithson||Clerk of Courts|
|Dr. Jones Campbell||Coroner|
|David Heckler||District Attorney|
|Theresa Farley & Debra DeBlasio||Jury commissioners|
|Barbara Reilly||Register of Wills|
|Lynn Bush||Planning Commission Director of Community Services|
|William Plantier||Director of Corrections|
|Harry McCann||Director of Public Safety, Emergency Services|
|David Boscola||Director of Finance and Administration|
|Joseph Funk||Director of Human Services|
|Christopher Edwards||Director Public Information|
The operating budget for 2011 is 455,388,900, a 3.2% increase from 2010.
The county seat, Doylestown, received $3,372,899 in one contract and seven grants.
Of the revenue collected in 2011, real estate taxes generated $148,298,100, a $2,233,300 (1.5%) increase from 2010.
County In the News
- In October 2011, following an eight-month investigation by a grand jury of the Register of Wills office concluded that the place was “run by intimidation and deception.” The report alleged that Register of Wills Barbara Reilly was running a patronage pit where employees were bullied into contributing to political work for the Republican party in exchange for off-the-books compensation. For the first time since 1976, Reilly will not run for re-election.
- In February 2009, in Scranton PA, two judges pled guilty to operating a kickback scheme involving juvenile offenders. The judges, Mark Ciavarella Jr. and Michael Conahan took more than $2.6 million in kickbacks to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers. Later, Mark Ciavarella was additionally accused by a Wilkes-Barre, PA newspaper of fixing an unrelated defamation case and of having close ties to a reputed mobster at the heart of the defamation case.
The county has appointed an Open Records Officer as a central point of contact for all record requests. The ORO is guided by the state's new Open Records Law that went into effect on January 1, 2009.
The county's 911 documentation policy that went into effect November 1, 2008, has come under fire from a media lawyer. Melissa Melewsky, an attorney for the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association lists multiple problems with the policy, including "the policy’s unclear definition of 911 records to its restrictions regarding time response logs and the fees it sets." County spokepeople indicate that the policy is meant to get the county into compliance with the new Right to Know Law going into effect Jan. 1, 2009, but Melewsky believes that it will have the opposite effect, and suggests revision.
Public employee salaries
- Main article: Bucks County employee salaries
- Bucks County facts
- Meetings and Agendas
- Elected officials (dead link)
- Administrative officials (dead link)
- Election information (dead link)
- Audit (dead link)
- Budget information
- Licenses and permits
- Open bids
- Purchases and awarded contracts
- Public records
- Online services
- Operating fund
- Local taxes
- - .TrA-QGBwY38 Register of Wills corruption (dead link)
- Judges kickbacks for juvenile offenders
- Defamation among corruption charges
- Bucks’ new 911 policy draws fire from lawyer, Philly Burbs.com, November 20, 2008