Section 1502 of the First Class Township Code places general supervision of township affairs in the hands of the board of commissioners. Commissioners combine many of the roles found in separate branches or levels of the state and federal governments. The board serves as the legislative body of the township–setting policy, enacting ordinances and resolutions, adopting budgets and levying taxes. Since there is no separately elected executive, the board may also perform executive functions such as formulating the budget, enforcing ordinances, approving expenditures and hiring employees. About 86 percent of those townships operating under the Code have hired managers, while most others use the township secretary for general administrative purposes. In many townships commissioners also play a large role in administrative activities and oversee the day to day operation of township government.
Because of a commissioner’s elected status, an individual in that position is often viewed as a community leader. Commissioners are the proper recipients of complaints, ideas and suggestions concerning township affairs. In many cases, the commissioner is called upon to perform as a problem solver, acting as an agent for township citizens with municipal or even outside agencies. The commissioner has a role in representing the township’s communal interests past, present and future. Although assisted by a planning commission, paid administrator or historical commission, many of the final decisions are made by elected officials.
The extent of any one commissioner’s activities in these roles is defined by the individual’s own view of civic responsibilities, particular fields of individual interest and personal skills and talents. To a large degree, the commissioner’s role is also defined by the local political culture, the generalized local attitudes toward municipal government and commonly held expectations of how officials will operate.
The basic qualification to serve as a township commissioner is to be a registered voter and resident of the township. Commissioners must reside in the township continuously for at least one year before their election. To continue serving as a commissioner, an individual must retain residence within the township. To qualify as a voter, a person must be 18 years of age and a resident of the election district. A person whose name appears on the district voting register, but who is no longer a resident of the township is not a lawfully registered elector. Legal residence includes not only a person’s intention, but also a physical presence. The requirement of residence approximates domicile. Intention or voter registration is not enough; an individual’s actual residence is better determined by his conduct than by his words. A person cannot declare a domicile inconsistent with the facts of where he or she actually lives.
Commissioners elected from a ward must have resided continuously for one year within the ward prior to their election and must continue to reside within the ward during the entire term of office. Commissioners moving to a residence outside the ward they are elected to represent automatically disqualifythemselves from holding office. Redistricting can work to deprive ward commissioners of their seats. Where the township has fewer than five wards, a commissioner who is displaced by redistricting may serve the remainder of the term as an at large commissioner.
Incompatible Offices — A commissioner is prohibited from also serving as township treasurer, township secretary or auditor. Only one commissioner at a time may serve on the township’s civil service commission. A limited number of commissioners can serve as members of the township planning commission, but are prohibited from becoming members of the zoning hearing board. Additionally, a township commissioner cannot serve as a member of a school board.
Hi I'm Raymond Skip Magaro, I'm running for re-election as East Pennsboro Twp. Commissioner. As your commissioner I brought to the table our veteran's banners. I also pushed to save the MILLER HOUSE which in the beginning they said it could not be moved and were going to let it be torn down. I have totally supported the residents and helped out all that contacted me. I am a people commissioner and will work hard in pushing for community pride. I will also protect for our people the services we have. I also worked for the twp for 39 years. In which I ran for office to give back to the people of this community in which I love. Please vote for me Raymond SKIP Magaro.
Traditional values, committed to the future while respectful of the community past. Pursuing excellence through selfless service for over 40+ years as active duty first with the US Army and then a USAF leader serving in the Pa Air National Guard and as finally as senior federal information technology civil servant supervisory engineer. Highly skilled navigating complex state and federal government bureaucracies, laws, budget processes and implementing service management principles to gain efficiencies and eliminate bureaucratic waste. Professional certifications in information system security and service management. Now ready for next set of challenges to improve support to the EP community.
A school board is a legislative body of citizens called school directors who are elected locally by their fellow citizens and who serve as agents of the state legislature. Each board consists of nine members who serve four-year terms of office without pay.
School directors, although locally elected, are really state officials, co-partners with the legislature. They are designated by school law to administer the school system in each district. The school board is a political subdivision of the state for the purpose of convenient administration of the schools and follows the School Laws of Pennsylvania enacted by the legislature having direct and pertinent reference to public education, its programs, its operation and its management.
Effective school boards concentrate their time and energy on determining what it is the schools should accomplish and enacting policies to carry out these goals.
In essence, school boards have three functions: planning, setting policy and evaluating results.
If a ship is on fire, you don’t put out the blaze by sinking the ship into the ocean. Our schools need to stay open for all grades. As a doctor working in the emergency department, I know first-hand the realities of the pandemic. I can provide a pulse of what is going on. What i can say is that it was a mistake to keep our kids out of school. Next, I look forward to determining the metrics for school rankings from “greatschools.org” and really honing in to improve them so that our kids are more prepared for life, our schools; rankings improve, and we build a more attractive community for new families.
Married to Michael for 25 years with two children, both graduates of East Pennsboro (Classes of 2015 and 2017). East Pennsboro Township resident for 23 years with 23 years volunteer experience in children’s programs in local church. Enjoys working with children and believes having a servant mindset prepares her to serve the students and families of the East Pennsboro School District. Believes all students deserve the highest quality education and all students deserve to learn no matter their learning style. Worked as a Registered Dental Hygienist for ten years, as an Adjunct Faculty member with HACC for two years, and is currently an Executive Services Manager. Sharon looks forward to the opportunity to be a strong advocate for quality student education. In her free time, she enjoys writing, reading, playing guitar, spending quality time with her family…and her Frisbee catching dog, Zoe.
Candidate for the School Board to advocate for student and teacher success that comes through community commitment to financial stability and commitment of the staff and students. A resident of East Pennsboro for 23 years, she raised her son Brett here. He is a 2013 East Pennsboro graduate, and she’s grateful every day for the quality education he received and is proud of his accomplishments made possible by the teachers who were there to guide him. She always had a passion for working with students and was working towards an Elementary Education degree, that eventually became an Early Childhood Education degree. Five years as a preschool teacher has convinced her that working on a child’s strengths and skills when they are young helps them succeed throughout their life. After teaching she was a school bus driver for 17 years and found the daily student and parent interactions inspiring. Yes, school bus drivers are a part of the school experience and help positively influence our children too!
The pandemic has caused a predictable lapse in learning and our students have fallen behind in spite of everyone’s efforts. We need to work together to develop a strategy to help them get back on track, caught up, and guided towards their future success. We need to remember each student has their own way of learning and we need to take that into consideration.
We need to ensure the success and growth of our students and staff. Our children today are our future and we need another parent who is proud and honored to be a part of their education!
Seeking re-election to serve as School Board Director of East Pennsboro Area School District. He is a lifelong resident of East Pennsboro Township, and a graduate of East Pennsboro Area High School. After graduating, he went on to earn his BS in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University, and a MS in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University. Mr. Crozier has four children with his wife Rose, and all are students in the district buildings.
Mr. Crozier is a dedicated volunteer, and desires to continue to improve the education and co-curricular activities of East Pennsboro, to better engage and position the students To become future leaders. He is completing his first term in office, serving as Vice-President for one year, and President of the Board of School Directors for three years.
Mr. Crozier is employed as a Safety & Security Professional.
Constables belong to the executive branch of government. As such, they are answerable to the governor of Pennsylvania. They perform services for the Pennsylvania Magisterial courts, but do not belong to the judicial branch.
In Pennsylvania, constables are peace officers. As such, they are also empowered to quell a disturbance of the peace. A disturbance of the peace in Pennsylvania is defined as an imminent threat or danger to persons or property. For example, if a constable observes a public brawl, then the constable may arrest the participants for breaching the peace. According to Pennsylvania common law, a citizen may also have a limited power of arrest commonly known as a citizen’s arrest for felonies committed in view, but they are not given the shroud of authority a constable, sheriff or other law enforcement officer is given.
Duties of a Constable
Protecting the Polls
Constables are also charged by Pennsylvania statute with maintaining order at election polls and ensuring that no qualified elector is obstructed from voting. Constables are the only peace officers permitted at the polls on Election Day. In fact this duty is mandated upon constables; failure to protect the polls, or provide for their protection through appointed deputies, is punishable with a fine.
Working for the Courts
Constables may serve the court, but are not required to. When serving the judiciary, constables may serve judicial process, writs, arrest warrants, levies and collect fines. These services are regulated by Act 49 of the Pennsylvania statutes. The constable is paid for these services by fees which are specified in the statutes, and paid by the defendant in criminal cases or the plaintiff in civil cases.