News: Wilkes Re-Elected to PSATS Executive Committee

April 17, 2014


Ginni Linn
PSATS Director of Communications
(717) 763-0930

Wilkes Re-Elected to Township Supervisors Association’s Executive Committee

Members of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors have re-elected John “Jay” Wilkes Jr., chairman of the board of supervisors and roadmaster for Jackson Township in Luzerne County, to a second 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.

Wilkes 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, and is the board liaison to the Nominations Committee. He previously served as chairman of the association’s Townships With Populations Greater Than 2,000 But Less Than 5,000 Committee and as a member of the Legislative and Annual Conference Planning committees. He has also served as a sergeant at arms during PSATS’ Annual Educational Conference.

Wilkes, a firefighter apparatus operator for Edwardsville Borough, also serves on Jackson Township’s recreation board and planning commission and served in the past as an elected auditor and as the township’s emergency management coordinator.

Wilkes is first deputy chief of the Back Mountain Regional Emergency Management Agency. He also is president of the Luzerne County Association of Township Officials and serves on its convention planning committee. He previously served as first and second vice president for the county association.

Wilkes is an executive board member of the Pa. State Conservation Commission and a member of the Interstate Advisory Committee for the Pa. Emergency Management Agency. He is chairman of the Back Mountain Community Partnership and vice chairman of the Luzerne County Conservation District Board of Directors and the West Side Compost Commission.

In addition, Wilkes is a member of the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department and a member and past chairman of the State Correctional Institution-Dallas Municipal Advisory Committee. He also is a Pennsylvania state constable and previously served on the Luzerne County Planning Commission’s Agricultural Security Committee.