Stickel plans bid for re-election

County controller seeks second four-year term

From Mirror staff reports

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County incumbent Controller A.C. Stickel has announced plans to run for a second four-year term.

Stickel, who was elected in 2015 to succeed the retiring Richard J. Peo, is seeking the Republican nomination in the May 21 primary.

“With the theme of accountability, transparency and efficiency, I have worked to implement some drastic changes to fiscal operations in Blair County,” Stickel said in a statement announcing his re-election bid.

“The most significant change has been to implement software that requires multi-level ele­ctronic ap­pro­vals of all purchases,” Stickel said. “These requests must all fall within budgeted amounts.”

Stickel said he and his staff have also adopted policies that work toward accuracy and best business practices.

As the county’s controller, Stickel has a seat on the county retirement board where he said he has worked with commissioners on strengthening the pension fund.

“Funding the pension was not previously considered a priority and put taxpayers as well as retirees in a dangerous position,” Stickel said.

Stickel also sits on the county’s salary board, where he said he has worked to standardize requests and approvals that come before the salary board. In addition, he is supportive of the job analysis and wage study that the county has undertaken to evaluate pay levels and responsibilities.

“No professional study has been completed in decades and this is the only way to appropriately address those inequities,” he said.

As a member of the prison board, the controller said he has worked with the board and prison staff to operate the facility as efficiently as possible.

“This is no easy task with an increasing population and a facility that’s over a century old,” Stickel said. “Membership on this board is a serious responsibility. The safety and well-being of prison staff, as well as inmates, is of constant concern. This will remain a priority over my next term.”

While Stickel referred to the position of controller as “relatively low-profile,” its responsibilities are important to the operation of county government, the fiscal stability of county resources and accountability to county taxpayers.

“I remain committed to staying the course and standing up for what is right,” Stickel said.