Allegheny County, Pennsylvania council passed will remove the name of elected officials from stickers placed on gas pumps and store scales to keep them honest. Councilman Matt Drozd R Ross Township, PA put a proposal before Council June 19, 2012 and the rest of Council approved it. It is an amendment to a bill that gave back the the accuracy of weights and measures to the County Executive office. It was first changed to the Controller's office in 2008 when then County Executive Dan Onorato and the Controller at the time Mark Patrick Flaherty convinced Council to turn it over to the Controller's office. At the time Fitzgerald was Council President.
Now it is being cahnged back and Controller Chelsa Wagner said that assuring accuracy in weighing things should be in her office. Wagner said that the checking of more than 10,000 gas pumps is a job that should stick to her office. Wagner even went as far as to say she would take her name off the stickers because it has been said in the past she is using the weights and measure stickers to get her name out for re-election time.
Council voted 14-1 to take the job away from Wagner's office.
Councilman James Ellenbogen D Banksville PA, said if the job of the controller is to check out the efficiency of the county and the employees of the Controller's office who will be making sure those employees are doing their job right?
Councilwoman Heather Heidelbaugh R Mount Lebanon PA. was the only member of Council who voted to keep the Controllers weighing and measuring. She said, "The Controller's office has been doing a good job."
Rich Fitzgerald, County Executive said his name will not be on the sticker just the phone number and office that inspected it..
Wagner told council about the change that it is "a solution in search of a problem".