The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 12, 2013

Northumberland County controller seeks re-election

By staff reporter
The Daily Item

— SUNBURY — Northumberland County Controller Tony Phillips has announced that he is seeking re-election.

Phillips, a Republican, was appointed in 2011 after the resignation of Controller Chuck Erdman. In November 2011, he was elected to fill the remainder of Erdman’s term.

He is a graduate of the Line Mountain School District and Bloomsburg University and has experience in both the private and public sectors, including serving as deputy controller under Erdman from 2008 to 2011.

Upon taking office, Phillips said he informed taxpayers that the county was financially unstable. That proved true when county government finished 2011 with an operating loss of almost $3 million, he said.

Phillips said he has cut almost $40,000 in gross wages from the controller’s office since taking office and has helped the county commissioners reduce the county’s operating losses.

He said, “I believe that we have stopped the bleeding, but we still have a way to go,” referring to the county’s $1.8 million fund deficit.

Phillips said he believes partisan politics are detrimental to good government and that he chooses his staff by ability, not party affiliation.

Phillips is married to Erin Moyer Phillips, who is a teacher in the Shikellamy School District, and they live in Upper Augusta Township with their daughter, Emily.

The candidate is on Facebook at Tony Phillips for Northumberland County Controller or on Twitter at @tonyworking4u.