News: Hess Elected to PSATS Executive Committee
April 17, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PSATS Director of Communications
Hess Elected to Township Supervisors Association’s Executive Committee
Members of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors have elected Steven D. Hess Sr., vice chairman of the board of supervisors for North Centre Township in Columbia County, to a three-year term on the association’s Executive Committee.
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.
The seven-member Executive Committee, the association’s five officers, and the immediate past president make up the Executive Board, which is responsible for managing the affairs of the state association. The board meets frequently throughout the year to oversee association 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.
Hess is 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. He previously served as chairman of the PSATS Resolutions, Nominations, and Townships Under 4,000 Population committees.
Hess, the deputy emergency management coordinator for North Centre Township, currently serves as president of the Columbia County Association of Township Officials. He previously held the post of vice president and was also chairman of that association’s Resolutions Committee.
Hess serves as president of the Tri-County Council of Governments and vice president of the Columbia County Sanitation Inspection Office. He is a member at large with the Lime Ridge Fire Company and a member and sound technician with the Stillwater Christian Church.
His past affiliations include vice president of the Tri-County Council of Governments and Executive Committee member for the COG’s IBC Inspection Service. He was financial secretary for the Lime Ridge Fire Company, head coach for the Lime Ridge Little League, and assistant coach for the Orangeville Cornhuskers Midget Football.
Hess has also served as a leader for the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts and served in various capacities with the Ridge Street United Methodist Church, including chairman of the trustees and Staff Parish Relations Committee, lay leader, and volunteer with the children’s fellowship. Hess also was a United Methodist Pennsylvania State Certified Lay Speaker.