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To provide high quality, comprehensive payroll processing services at an affordable price.  Many payroll processors stop once the checks have been written and basic reports have been issued.  PRD follows your payroll through to the general ledger posting.  We provide completely customized general ledger entries with each pay, including detailed departmentalization as necessary.

PRD Commitment

The Payroll Department is committed to providing the highest quality of service to our clients.  To do this, we review your individual situation to determine the best combination of services to satisfy your needs.  We take the hassle out of pay day so you and your staff are free to run your business.



The Payroll Department was founded as a service extension of a Western Pennsylvania CPA firm in 1997 to provide comprehensive payroll services with an accounting perspective.  The associates of PRD possess over 15 years experience in payroll processing and consulting.  The founders viewed the formation of The Payroll Department as an opportunity to serve local businesses with "hometown" service at an affordable price while maintaining the highest standards of quality that would rival any big city service provider.  Since its inception, The Payroll Department has grown exponentially and has continued to add new types and sizes of clients along with expansion of services and increased levels of customization.

PRD is a member of The American Payroll Association through its Managing Director.


Robert J. Swetz, CPA

Bob is a native of the Johnstown area. A University Scholars Program member and 1989 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with highest honors.

After passing the CPA exam in May of 1989, Bob began his career with the international accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Co. in Pittsburgh where he specialized in accounting and auditing for closely held companies.

Bob also worked for a mid-sized local CPA firm in Pittsburgh. While maintaining a strong accounting and audit client base, he worked closely with business owners and other individuals in meeting their personal tax and financial needs.

Bob is active in the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Chamber of Commerce.


Deborah L. Herbert, CPA

Debbie is originally from Eastern, PA, but has lived in Johnstown nearly all of her life.  She is a graduate of The Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting.
Debbie started her career with a large local CPA firm in Johnstown where she worked in all aspects of accounting, auditing and tax preparation for closely held businesses, individuals, non-profit organizations and local governmental entities. In September 1989 she married and  relocated to the Washington D.C. area where she worked for Grossberg Company, a large, regional CPA firm.  At Grossberg Company, Debbie expanded her expertise in the areas of real estate partnerships, non-profit organizations and complex individual income taxation issues.
After suffering a personal tragedy, Debbie and her son returned to Johnstown, where she started her own CPA practice in June 1996.  Debbie has built a successful practice focused on a strong commitment to client service.
Committed to the Greater Johnstown community, Debbie has volunteered countless hours to various nonprofit organizations in the community.  She became the first female to be elected to the Board of Governors of Sunnehanna Country Club in January 1999 and has been serving as the Treasurer since January 2000.  Currently, she is President of the Community Art Center of Cambria County and the Treasurer of Beginnings Early Intervention and the Cambria County Student Hockey League.


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Last modified: December 23, 2005