For Washington County Commissioner
Diana Irey Vaughan is the first and only woman ever elected Washington County Commissioner. Diana is the longest serving County Commissioner having been elected by the voters six times.
Diana has been recognized as a leader in economic development. In 1999, Diana established a public-private partnership with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, to develop a “one-stop shop” creating a unified delivery system for economic development efforts.
She has been instrumental in the development of Southpointe I and II where over 12,000 people work every day. Through her innovative thinking and long-range planning, Diana successfully created Washington County’s first Land Bank that helped communities to re-purpose blighted properties. Her land reuse experience led to Diana co-chairing the Western Center Land Reuse Task Force.
For all of her success in leading Washington County’s economic development, Diana is most proud of the fiscal management of the county which continues to have the lowest county tax rate in the region. By ensuring that county government is run efficiently, more businesses, jobs and families have relocated to Washington County.
During a time when most counties and local governments are dealing with underfunded pension obligations, under Diana’s leadership and planning, Washington County’s pension plan is 90 percent funded with an average annual return of 9 percent, which is in the top quarter of public pension plans in the United States.
As a mother, Diana recognizes a crucial part of county government is the service rendered to children and youth. She has been outspoken in her quest to ensure that services are delivered in a competent and caring manner. Because of her passion for these matters, she has served on the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania Human Services Committee and on the National Association of Counties’ Human Services and Education Committee.
In 2011, she formed the Washington County Children and Youth Task Force with members of Children and Youth Services, the courts, local legislators, law enforcement and local child protection services, in an effort to improve outreach and services to at-risk children and youth in Washington County.
Diana is the mother of three adult children and is married to Retired Colonel Robert Vaughan, who served in seven mobilizations with the U.S. Army Reserves. Diana also volunteered her time for five years working with female inmates incarcerated in the Washington County Correctional Facility. The re-entry program is designed to prepare incarcerated individuals for success when released back into society.