2nd candidate enters race for county controller post
Butler Eagle
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January 23, 2013
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Karen Diehl

A certified public accountant from Franklin Township is the second Republican candidate for Butler County controller.

Karen Diehl, 56, announced her candidacy Friday. She has worked in accounting since 1990 and is the owner of Diehl Accounting and Financial Services.

“I think I have the qualifications, and I think I can do a good job,” Diehl said. “I just feel that I have the experience.”

She is running for the seat that will be vacated by Jack McMillin at the end of the year. McMillin, 60, of Zelienople announced his retirement Dec. 31.

Earlier this month, Ben Holland, 26, of Connoquenessing Township announced his candidacy for the post.

Diehl said she is a fiscal conservative who would act as a watchdog in office.

“I think that that’s part of the job of county controller,” she said.

Diehl, who employs seven people, said she runs an efficient business, which is something she would like to carry over to the county.

“I have a personal track record of being able to work with people and making things run more efficiently,” Diehl said.

Although she plans to work with the county commissioners, she said she also would work independently.

“I have no problem pointing out things that I wouldn’t agree with,” Diehl said.

One of the first actions she would like to take in office would be to look for places to cut the county’s budget.

Like McMillin, she said she would have an open-door policy when it comes to providing financial information.

“That’s the policy I currently have with my business. I want people to come to me and talk to me,” Diehl said.

She has owned her business in Franklin Township since 2005. She started working there in 1997 and eventually bought the business from William Johnston.

If she wins the controller job, she wants to keep ownership of the business.

“My goal is to keep it,” Diehl said.

She said she has a great staff who would be able to keep the business running.

“Only time will tell for sure if it works out,” Diehl said.

The primary election will be May 21. The top Republican and the top Democrat vote-getters then will run in the Nov. 5 general election.

So far there is no announced candidate from the Democrat party.

Diehl graduated from Butler High School in 1974 and from Slippery Rock University in 1989 with a degree in business administration.

A member of the Butler Rotary Club, she served as the club’s first female president for 2006 to 2007.

A member of Butler Women United, she has served as a Franklin Township auditor, has served on a committee to choose the woman of legacy awardee for the Butler Health System Gala and has volunteered for the Community Health Clinic of Butler.

Diehl was a board member for The Wall, an organization that helps teens fighting drug use.

She also has worked on projects supporting Stand Tall, Lifesteps and the Dunbar Center.

Diehl is a member of the board of the Butler County Community Development Corporation, the Butler County Industrial Development Association and the Butler County Children’s Center, of which she is the treasurer.

She has been married to Craig Diehl for 25 years. They have one adult daughter.