York County Controller Robb Green running for a third-term

Robb Green

York County Controller Robb Green is running for a third-term, the incumbent Republican announced in a news release.

Green, the former mayor of Jefferson, was first elected county controller in 2005. The controller examines financial transactions for the county, and Green described himself and his office as “fiscal watchdogs barking at any waste no matter where we found

The announcement for his re-election campaign highlighted second-term accomplishments, and said the controller’s office has reduced its staff from 17 to 14 employees, introduced technological innovations and has continued to be honored by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report.

In the announcement, Green said a third-term would be his last. Green is also president of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Controllers.

More from the announcement, after the jump:

Robb Green has announced that he will seek a third term as York County Controller.

With his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business Administration, and long experience in public and private finance, Robb Green brings a unique range of talents and capabilities to his responsibilities. As Controller, he supervises the fiscal affairs of the County. The accounts of all County Officers who collect and disburse funds are examined by his office and a full set of books of all financial transactions are kept in detail. The Controller is the liaison Officer who works with the County’s external auditors and also publishes the County’s audited Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Robb Green has been, and will continue to be, the fiscal watchdog helping York County spend wisely. Under his leadership, the Controller’s Office has been ultra-frugal with tax dollars. We have been persistent fiscal watchdogs barking at any waste no matter where we found it.

Mr. Green insists that the Controller’s Office lead by example, doing its work the right way, with dedicated service, hard work and integrity. York County must continue to downsize and control spending while ensuring that the basic government functions operate efficiently. For example, Mr. Green reduced the staffing in his office by thirty-three percent through technological innovations and productivity enhancements. One of the many benefits of this effort is that salary expenditure is now at a pre-2008 level.

During his watch, the office has operated like a private business, prioritizing and economizing just as everyone has to do in their day-to-day living. Government, like business, is burdened by unfunded state and federal mandates that continue to hamstring any effort to do better. However, Mr. Green pledges to continue to find ways to accommodate at the same time he work to remove these hurdles.

Mr. Green is President, Pennsylvania State Association of County Controllers; Secretary and Vice-President elect of the Pennsylvania State Association of Elected County Officials; County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania appointed member to the Unemployment Compensation Trust Board; and Unemployment Compensation Trust Board representative on the County Commissioners Investment Committee. These positions give Mr. Green unparalleled access.

Mr. Green has also announced that the third term will be his last as controller because he believes that after twelve years, it’s time to bring in new blood to continue the tradition of good government he has exemplified.

Paid for by the candidate.

And then his list of accomplishments:

CONTROLLER ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2nd TERM

 

Updating, consolidating, restructuring, advocating.

SAVING TAXPAYER MONEY

 

PEER RECOGNITION:

  • President, Pennsylvania State Association of County Controllers;
  • Secretary and Vice-President elect of the Pennsylvania State Association of Elected County Officials;
  • County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania  appointed member to the Unemployment Compensation Trust Board;
  • Unemployment Compensation Trust Board representative on the County Commissioners Investment Committee.

 

Among Robb’s second term accomplishments are the following:

                                       

  • The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) continues to award their Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for our York County comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).
  • Successfully implemented the following new Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) pronouncements, which are unfunded mandates that require extra work and auditing expenses.

o      GASB 52 (2009) Land and Other Real Estate Held as Investments by Endowments

o      GASB 51 (2010) Accounting and Financial Reporting for Intangible Assets

o      GASB 53 (2010) Accounting and Financial Reporting for Derivative Instruments

o      GASB 58 (2010) Accounting and Financial Reporting for Chapter 9 Bankruptcies

o      GASB 54 (2011) Fund Balance Reporting and Government Fund Type Definitions

o      GASB 59 (2011) Financial Instruments Omnibus

  • The Controller’s Office believes in getting more with less:       

o      The York County Controllers Office operates efficiently with half the staff of other third class counties

o      The Controller’s staff has been reduced from 17 employees to 14 employees

  • Implemented an electronic storing of records in our accounts payable area thereby reducing archival storage costs by eliminating paper, transferring the retrieval unit to the Clerk of Courts and allowing greater visibility in our accounting software
  • Implemented scanning of all contracts for greater accessibility to all departments
  • Implementing a county-wide time and attendance system for our hourly employees providing greater accountability of hours worked
  • Implemented Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments whenever possible to make more timely payment of bills to constables, attorneys, foster parents, and other regular vendors
  • Advised the Board of Commissioner of their need to address the continued budget overages at the county nursing home over the past four years:  budgeted subsidy of $8.3 million with an actual subsidy of $23.0 million, a $14.7 million additional subsidy. York County would have added $15 m to our unassigned General Fund if we didn’t need the additional nursing home subsidy.
  • Prepared a Request for Proposal enabling the selection of an Investment Manager for our $240+ million dollar retirement fund.
  • Worked with the Investment Manager to create an investment policy design that achieves an optimum investment strategy by taking into consideration a broad diversification of managers and asset classes, more value than growth in our risk, conservative bond investments, a global perspective and an asset allocation emphasizing mid-cap.
  • Implemented a weekly review of our account performance with our investment manager which will enable the York County Retirement Board to readjust our portfolio when significant market conditions warrant
  • Implemented the establishment of litigation attorneys who review our investments and periodically recommend to the Retirement Board any litigation that may be required to protect our portfolio’s selections


 

About Ed Mahon

County government and politics reporter at York Daily Record/Sunday News.
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