Occupation: Centre County Commissioner
I live in Bellefonte with my wife and daughter. I graduated from Bellefonte High School and Penn State University with a degree in Labor Studies. After college, I operated Dershem’s Sports Center, a full-line sporting goods store until being elected county commissioner.
As commissioner, projects and accomplishments:
- completed Centre County Correctional Facility
- constructed county Court House Annex and Temple Court facilities
- established first county crime victim notification program in Pennsylvania
- implemented county-wide law enforcement Central Booking Center
- constructed Centre County’s emergency responder training site
- constructed new state of the art 911/Emergency Communication system and 911 center
- new Emergency Operations Center to coordinate disaster response and relief efforts.
- establishment of DUI and drug court systems
- implemented verifiable paper trail voting systems
- chair of heroin/opiate prevention education initiative (HOPE)
- Government Finance Officers Association recognition of budget excellence every year of service
- 9 consecutive budgets without property tax increase
It is my intention to remain a watchdog for fiscal responsibility and deliver services to the residents of Centre County in the most responsible manner possible. As in the past, I will stand against corruption and fight for the bright future of our county.