Delaware County Controller






Message from Delaware County Controller Joanne Phillips

As your elected Controller, I am committed to transparency and implementing the best practices and safeguards to protect county tax dollars during my term in office. I will use all resources available to my office to carry out that promise to Delaware County residents.

The Controller’s office has a critical role in serving as the county’s fiscal watchdog. My office is committed to protecting the taxpayers of Delaware County and overseeing the payroll, internal audits, accounts payable and finances of the County.

Along with my staff, I am pleased to offer a newly designed website, a Waste, Fraud and Abuse Hotline, and we will work to make the County’s financial reports accessible to the public.

My staff and I take our role seriously and we are committed to ensuring that taxpayers of Delaware County receive the services they pay for in an efficient and cost-effective manner.


Mission Statement of the Controller’s office

The Controller, Joanne Phillips, Esquire, is responsible for overseeing and controlling the expenditure of County Funds, and has the powers and duties granted by the Commonwealth laws applicable to Controller's in counties for the 2nd Class A Controllers, the Home Rule Charter, and by ordinance of County Council.

The Office of the Controller shall be headed by an independently elected Controller who shall be responsible to the electorate of Delaware County for the performance of her duties. The Controller shall appoint at least one Deputy Controller trained or experienced in the art of accounting and such other staff, including a solicitor, as may be required to assist her in the discharge of her duties, subject to budgetary approval of County Council. The Solicitor for the Controller's office is Robert Scott, Esq.


Controller’s Bio

Joanne Phillips was elected to serve as Delaware County Controller in November 2017 and began her four-year term in January 2018.

Ms. Phillips is an experienced attorney practicing law as a partner in the national law firm Ballard Spahr LLP, where she has represented business clients, cultural institutions, hospitals and universities in real estate development and real estate finance. Ms. Phillips also served in government as the Director of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Bureau of Real Estate, in the Department of General Services, where she oversaw a multi-million dollar portfolio of leased facilities and real property.

Ms. Phillips graduated summa cum laude from Widener University's Delaware Law School, where she was the valedictorian of her class and an editor of the law review. She received her B.A. from Ursinus College, and was a member of the school's nationally-ranked field hockey team.

A leader in professional organizations throughout her career, highlights include serving as Chair of the Real Property Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and Chair of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate. Ms. Phillips currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Penjerdel Council and is a member of the Urban Land Institute. Ms. Phillips is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Delaware County Bar Associations.

Ms. Phillips served on the Middletown Township Park and Recreation Committee and was a director of the Rose Tree Soccer Club. She is a licensed soccer coach and coached boys' and girls' intramural and travel teams for more than 15 years.

Ms. Phillips and her husband have lived in Middletown Township for the past thirty years, where they raised two children who attended schools in the Rose Tree Media School District.