2017-03-16 / Front Page

County’s CFO Resigns Position

No decision yet on how, when to hire replacement

Fulton County lost its full-time chief financial officer, Douglas Tengler, when his letter of resignation was accepted by the commissioners during their regular weekly meeting March 7.

CFO Tengler’s resignation is effective April 7.

The CFO had informed commissioners Stuart Ulsh, Rodney McCray and Larry “Pete” Lynch of his intention to resign in a letter dated Feb. 28. He began managing the county’s financial and business matters full time in January 2014 at a starting salary of $75,000.

Chief clerk Lisa Mellott-McConahy told the “News” on Monday that the commissioners will not decide on how and when to replace Tengler until they have reviewed the CFO job description. She said the job could possibly become a parttime position.

Also on the commissioners’ agenda last Tuesday was a meeting with county engineers Tom Morisi and Shawn Ritchey, of Keller Engineers to review contract documents with George Hann & Son Inc. for the resurfacing and repair of County Bridge No. 1 (Wooden Bridge) in Taylor Township. Following approval of the documents, a Notice to Proceed was formalized for contractor Hann to begin work.

Bridge No. 1 is owned by the county and has been found structurally deficient by PennDot. The contract between the county and George S. Hann & Son amounts to $99,984.28.

The appointments of William Bean, Patricia Bean, Donald Eisaman, Carolyn Hollenshead, Sally Gresty and Brenda Gordon to the Huntingdon-Bedford-Fulton Area Agency on Aging were approved, and Companion Life’s proposal for life insurance for full-time county employees was accepted. Coverage will remain the same.

Others meeting with the commissioners last Tuesday were county Treasurer Monica Seville, regarding a 2011 Tax Claim Bureau issue; county solicitor Stanley Kerlin, regarding routine office matters and contract questions; Diedre Ritz, Domestic Relations director, regarding routine office matters; and Brad Seville, regarding building and grounds projects.

The commissioners held a discussion with CFO Tengler about liquid fuels allocations for the upcoming year. Letters will be sent within the next few weeks to county municipalities regarding those allocations.

In addition to his resignation, Tengler also informed the commissioners that the county has received $6,150 in FEMA reimbursement funds for costs incurred during Winter Storm Jonas in 2016. The money has been earmarked for the General Fund’s maintenance budget.

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