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News: Greig Receives Distinguished Service Award

April 21, 2015

Ginni Linn
PSATS Director of Communications
Cell: (717) 805-3588
(717) 763-0930, ext. 127

Township Supervisor and Former Agriculture Secretary
Receives Association’s Distinguished Service Award

Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George Greig, a supervisor for Conneaut Township in Crawford County, received the Chairman’s Distinguished Service Award April 21 at the 93rd Annual Educational Conference of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors.

The conference attracted attendees from every county in Pennsylvania except Philadelphia, which has no townships.

The association’s Executive Board established the award in 2001 to honor those men and women who have given their time and talents to help township officials and PSATS, the organization that represents them. The award is only presented for extraordinary service to the township association.

Greig, a cabinet member who served under former Gov. Tom Corbett and has been a township supervisor for about three decades, is also a past president of the Crawford County Association of Township Officials. He has said in the past that his township experience, from running meetings to dealing with people, solving problems, and increasing efficiency, prepared him for his statewide role.

“As ag secretary, George always made sure that PSATS and townships were at the table when important policy issues were being discussed,” PSATS Executive Board Chairman and First Vice President Shirl Barnhart said in presenting the award.

Barnhart also noted the key role Greig played in coordinating Public Officials Day at the Pennsylvania Farm Show and in helping PSATS coordinate its annual legislative reception, which is held in conjunction with the annual conference and features PA Preferred products.

During his time as secretary of agriculture, Greig’s mission included educating the public about the importance of farming, focusing on farmland preservation, and enhancing the department’s marketing program for Pennsylvania products.

“You’ve been a tremendous supporter of PSATS,” Barnhart said. “On behalf of the Executive Board, staff, and members, I want to express our deepest thanks and present you with one of our highest honors, the Chairman’s Distinguished Service Award.”

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 represent more residents — 5.5 million Pennsylvanians — than any other type of political subdivision in the commonwealth and cover 95 percent of the commonwealth’s land mass.