The Lackawanna County Controller is a popularly elected position. The term of office of the Controller is four years, and is not subject to term limitation. The current Lackawanna County Controller is Gary A. DiBileo, who was elected in November 2011 and took office in January 2012
According to the Home Rule Charter of Lackawanna County, the office of the Controller, “in addition to the powers already vested by the general laws of the Commonwealth in the Controller, he shall have, but shall not be limited to…”
Auditing before payment all bills, invoices, payrolls, and other claims, demands, or charges against the county government and approve the same only if duly authorized by appropriations or allotments of appropriations;
Examining all contracts, purchase orders and other documents which would result in or involve financial obligations against the county government;
Submitting an annual report by April 1 to the Board of Commissioners of the audits which he shall have made of the accounts of the preceding fiscal year of all officers having charge, custody and control or disbursement of public monies and other funds…
The duties specified above are only a few of the Controller’s duties specified by the Home Rule Charter and the Pennsylvania County Code. As such, the Controller maintains a certain level of independence from the Commissioners and other elected county officials. The Controller’s office is also responsible for receiving bids and conducting public bid openings on behalf of the county in order to ensure the integrity of the bidding process.
The Controller also serves as a member of the following boards:
Gary DiBileo brings a wealth of private and public sector experience to the Controller’s office. He is the founder of DiBileo Insurance and Financial Services, Inc. and has been a successful local businessman for nearly three decades.
Gary was elected to Scranton City Council in 2002, serving as vice-president until he was elected president in 2004, and remaining at that post until 2006. Prior to that position, he served as a Scranton School Director from 1994 through 1999.
Gary has served on boards and volunteered for numerous organizations, including the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, the Salvation Army, Muscular Dystrophy Association, United Way, Leadership Lackawanna, St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus’ Alumni Association, and Lackawanna Little League.
He has coached basketball for Holy Cross and St. Ann’s youth leagues, football for the West Side Falcons, and baseball for Lackawanna Little League. He is also a lector for St. Patrick’s Church in West Scranton.
Gary is also a member of UNICO, the Irish American Men’s Association, the Victor Alfieri Club, and the Ancient Order of the Hibernians.
He graduated from West Scranton High School in 1974 and Penn State University in 1978. He and his wife Christine have four children and reside in Scranton.
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