Issues and Concerns
I am concerned about our Township administrative leadership and how it threatens our community and lifestyle. Township business transactions total millions of dollars, and taxpayers trust our leaders to spend it wisely and to conduct business in an open, professional manner.
But West Vincent financial statements are difficult to understand, the meeting minutes lack details and there have been excessive executive sessions held in secret. There is a lack of transparency and clear indications of poor management.
This is what we have experienced over the last few years:
Excessive employee turnover and disarray in the office of the Township Treasurer. In 2022, seven different employees held this important position. Only two were bonded, a violation of the Pennsylvania Township Code. The situation is so bad that the Township is still not able to audit the books for 2022.
A Township Treasurer opened unauthorized credit cards, overstated cash balances on Township financial reports, and ordered personal items from the Township Amazon account even after being terminated.
Forensic Audit results were withheld from the public for months and were only released after residents filed Right-to-Know requests. The results showed that cash balances in township accounts were overstated in amounts up to $600,000.
Lack of oversight of the Township Manager. In the midst of these problems, the West Vincent Manager was also working as manager for another township. Despite this, in January of this year he was reappointed and given a pay increase.
Following Manager John Granger's resignation in June, the Board was prepared to pay a severance of $40,000 based on terms of a contract that did not exist.
These are not signs of a healthy Township. But they are signs of poor management. It is the job of the Supervisors to ensure that proper controls are in place in our Township office. Without them, this scenario (or something worse) will occur again.
If we can't get this right, how can we entrust our Board to deal with other threats like overdevelopment, or manage a proposal to build a multimillion dollar Public Safety building?