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Beaver Co. Commissioners Briefed On Alleged Incidents Involving Sheriff

BEAVER (KDKA) -- The Beaver County Board of Commissioners ended their silence today with a written response to the charges filed against Sheriff George David.

In a written statement, the commissioner said, "In light of these events, the Beaver County Board of Commissioners wants to assure the residents of Beaver County that policies and procedures will be maintained to ensure the safety and security of courthouse visitors and staff."

The commissioners are hopeful that the legal issues involving the sheriff will be addressed in an appropriate and expeditious manner for the benefit of all Beaver County residents.

Attorney Myron Sainovich says the sheriff has been feuding with the commissioners for the past year.

"At every jump he's been attacked by the commissioners, he's been attacked by controller Rossi and they just don't like the idea that he is an elected officials and he's been able to run the office without some controls by them," Sainovich said.

The embattled sheriff was back on the job today, after being released on bond.

Yesterday, a state grand jury charged David with 11 misdemeanor counts including, intimidating a witness, simple assault and making terroristic threats.

Sainovich says it was not a grand jury indictment.

"The grand jury only recommended that criminal charges be filed," Sainovich said. "With that, the police filed criminal charges, so it's not a grand jury indictment, it's been reported that way -- it's not correct."

Right now there are no proceedings to remove an elected sheriff, other than through impeachment.

According to the Pennsylvania Sheriff Association. "A house member would have to file a bill of impeachment, which would be voted on by the house. Then a trial would be held by the Senate. A sheriff can be impeached if he is convicted of high crimes or misdemeanors."

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