News: Barnhart Elected PSATS First Vice President

April 17, 2014


Ginni Linn
PSATS Director of Communications
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Barnhart Elected First Vice President of Pa. State Association of Township Supervisors

Members of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors have elected Shirl Barnhart, chairman of the board of supervisors for Morgan Township, Greene County, to a one-year term as the association’s first vice president.

The election took place during PSATS’ 92nd Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show, held April 13-16 in Hershey. This is the largest municipal event of its kind in the state, with close to 4,000 attendees. The conference attracted township officials from every county in Pennsylvania except Philadelphia, which has no townships.

Barnhart is also chairman of the association’s executive board, which is made up of PSATS’ five officers, seven Executive Committee members, and the immediate past president. The board is responsible for managing the affairs of the association and meets frequently throughout the year to conduct business and plan new projects that will benefit member townships.

The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors represents Pennsylvania’s 1,454 townships of the second class and is committed to preserving and strengthening township government and securing greater visibility and involvement for townships in the state and federal political arenas. Townships of the second class cover 95 percent of Pennsylvania’s land mass and represent more residents — 5.5 million — than any other type of political subdivision in the commonwealth.

Barnhart, who previously served as the association’s second vice president, secretary-treasurer, and assistant secretary-treasurer, was elected to PSATS’ Executive Committee in 2002. Before that, he served as a member of the association’s Finance, Resolutions-Legislation, and Succession Planning committees. He is currently a member of the association’s Grassroots Lobbying Network, which addresses legislative issues that affect every Pennsylvanian who lives in a township of the second class.

Barnhart is a roadmaster for the township and previously served as the emergency management coordinator and vice chairman of the board of supervisors. He currently serves on the Governor’s Local Government Advisory Committee and the PennDOT New Products Committee. He is chairman of the Jefferson-Morgan Council of Governments. Additional affiliations include membership in the Isaac Walton League and the Mather Christian Church. Barnhart also serves as a firefighter and emergency medical technician with the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Company

Barnhart previously served as chairman of the Greene County Planning Commission and the Advisory Committee for PennDOT LTAP (the Local Technical Assistance Program). He was vice chairman of the Greene County Solid Waste Advisory Board and served on the Southwest Regional Planning Commission and the Ohio Valley Water Resource Committee. He also has served the Greene County Association of Township Officials as president and vice president and was a member, firefighter, and emergency medical technician for the Clarksville Volunteer Fire Company.