Message from Bucks County Controller Pamela A. Van Blunk, Esq.
As your duly elected Controller, I am committed to transparency and conservative fiscal responsibility. I will use all resources available to my office to carry out my commitment to all Bucks County citizens. I am committed to investigating all complaints of fraud, waste and abuse of County funds and making all audits and reports easily accessible to the public.
My team and I take our critical role of serving as the independent, fiscal watchdog of the County’s spending seriously. My team will continue to implement best practices and safeguards to protect County tax dollars during my term in office.
The Office of the Controller has received the Government Finance Officers Association’s Excellence in Financial Reporting award for its annual comprehensive report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. This award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by the Controller's Office.
To protect the assets of the citizens of the County of Bucks by ensuring the lawful, appropriate and efficient receipt, maintenance and disbursement of County funds and property and communicating related information in an accurate and timely manner.
Mission of the Controller
Our country’s forefathers brilliantly developed the separation of powers: the division of government into branches, each with separate, independent powers and responsibilities, so that the powers of one branch are not in conflict with those of the other branches. In Bucks County, the Controller is the final, independent check on the fiscal activities of the executive branch of county government as well as the independently elected officers and courts.
The Office of Controller is headed by an independently elected Controller who is responsible to the electorate for the performance of her duties. Pursuant to the powers and duties granted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Controller, Pamela A. Van Blunk, Esquire, is responsible for overseeing and controlling the expenditure of County funds.
The Controller shall appoint at least one Deputy Controller trained or experienced in the field of accounting and such other staff as may be required to assist her in the discharge of her duties. The Office of Controller’s Deputy Controller is Kim Doran, CPA and the Solicitor for the Office of Controller is Joseph Cullen, Esquire.