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Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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Last reviewed: December 10, 2011

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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning N
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Audits Y
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Public records Y
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”’Montgomery County”’ is a county in [Pennsylvania]. The 2010 census reported the population at 799,874, making it the third most populous county in Pennsylvania. The county seat is Norristown, a suburban county northwest of Philadelphia. It is believed to be named in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War General killed in 1775 attempting to capture Quebec City or for the Welsh county of Montgomeryshire, an area of Pennsylvania settled by Quakers from Wales.[1]

The good

  • Council meetings are published.[2] Additionally, the commissioners meetings are available for online viewing.[3]
  • Meeting agendas and minutes.[4]
  • Elected Councilmembers information is published.[5]
  • Administrative officials are published.[6]
  • Audits are available.[7]
  • Budget information is available.[8]
  • Permits and licensing information is available and includes online applications.[9]
  • Open bids are published.[10]
  • Public records are complete, including process and fee information.[11]
  • Fraud and Abuse tipline is an excellent resource.
  • Information on how to obtain public records is provided.[12][13]

The bad

  • The PDF for some financial documents is published horizontally, making it difficult to read.
  • The search function does not turn up particularly relevant links.
  • A search for lobbying information turns up PA lobbying codes, but no additional information.
  • Limited contact information for specific employees, primarily email addresses.
  • Most cursory information is available, but in comparison to similar PA county websites, little detailed information exists.

Elected Officials: Council Members

Name Title
Joshua D. Shapiro Chair
Leslie S. Richards Vice Chair
Bruce Castor, Jr. Commissioner
Ann Weiss Clerk of Courts
Stewart Greenleaf Jr Controller
Risa Ferman District Attorney
Mark Levy Prothonotary
Nancy Becker Recorder of Deeds
Eileen Behr Sheriff
Jason Salus Treasurer
Marie Cavanaugh Jury Commissioner
Joanne Olszewski Jury Commissioner

Administrative Officials

Name Title
Lauran Lambrugo Chief Operating Officer
Frank X. Custer Communications
Brian Regli Commerce
Kathy Phifer Housing and Community Development
Donna Pardieu Human Resources
Ron Ahlbrandt Parks and Heritage Services
Thomas Sullivan Public Safety
Joseph Coco Purchasing

Budget

The 2011 operating fund balance as of January 1 is approximately $428,450,000.[14]

Local taxes

Real estate taxes generated approximately $157,800,000 in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

County In the News

  • In October 2011, closing arguments were heard in the case against a former Pennsylvania lawmaker charged in wide-ranging corruption scandal that previously brought down former House Speaker John Perzel. Former state Rep. Brett Feese and an aide are charged with taking part in a House Republican caucus scheme to illegally spend millions of dollars in public funds for political purposes.[15]

Political Corruption Hotline

The Montgomery County District Attorney is launching a political corruption hotline so that residents can report on the behavior of political officials. District Attorney Risa Ferman said she created the office residents should have a place to report government corruption and know that the information would be vetted and investigated.[16]

Ferman also said it was a response to the "Bonus-gate" controversy seen at the capital. Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett applauded the creation of the site.[16]

Public employee salaries

Main article: Montgomery County employee salaries

External links

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