New county controller excited for the future
SUNBURY — The new Northumberland County controller is looking forward to taking on the new position in January. Christopher Grayson spoke with WKOK today about his victory over incumbent Tony Phillips on Tuesday and says he feels great about the outcome.
Grayson said, “Emotionally for me, in my heart, to see the look on the faces of my family and my friends and supporters that were involved with this, to see how happy and proud they were to be part of this, was an even better feeling. Obviously you are in this to win, but to see how everybody else felt was a great feeling.”
We asked Grayson about the salary cuts, knowing the controller’s salary was the only one that wasn’t cut by Commissioner’s Vinny Clausi and Stephen Bridy. He said, “Right now I don’t have much of an opinion on that and I don’t know what the commissioners intentions are for the future. We just have to wait and see.”
Grayson said he will devote all his energy to being controller, despite owning his own store in Mount Carmel. He said, “Without a doubt, from the beginning, I have felt that this position was going to be a full-time position and that’s where I will be. I will not be here in my store anymore. I will not be involved in the day to day operations.”
Grayson said he plans on getting involved in the county in the weeks ahead by meeting with the commissioners to help transition into his new job. (Ali Stevens)