Group seeks resignation of Mercer official

GREENVILLE, Pa. (WKBN) – The Northwest Democrat Alliance wants Mercer County Commissioner Brian Beader to resign.

And this is not the first time questions have been raised about his attendance record. The NWDA voted unanimously to send a letter to Beader seeking his resignation.

It is concerned about the need for increased oversight of Children and Youth Services and next year’s campaign against Republicans.

Others have approached Beader about this issue in the past. Fellow commissioner Matt McConnell said he is frustrated about Beader’s lack of availability.

In February, Beader publicly admitted to missing a lot of meetings. The three-term Democrat blames working a construction job, on top of his $63,000 a year commissioner salary.

And on Monday, the Northwest Democrat Alliance called on Beader to step down before his current term ends next year.

Richard Miller, public affairs committee chairman for the NWDA, said Pennsylvania law sets no criteria for how to fulfill duties in public office. He said short of impeachment, there is no recourse for the Democratic party to take.

Miller said Beader comes to meetings twice a month, but he is otherwise absent while working a construction job in Florida.

“In this age of transparency and openness and hopefully integrity, even in politics, you can’t do those kinds of things anymore that way. It’s just not satisfactory,” Miller said.

We reached out to Beader for comment and did not hear back.But on camera in February, he said he feels prepared for anything that comes across his desk.

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