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News: Northumberland County Township Manager Wins State Association’s Leadership Award


April 24, 2017
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Ginni Linn
Executive Editor/Print Manager
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Northumberland County Township Secretary Wins State Association’s Leadership Award

William M. Michael Sr., secretary-treasurer of Delaware Township in Northumberland County, received the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors’ 28th Annual President’s Leadership Award this morning at the association’s 95th Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show in Hershey. Today is the opening day of the conference, which attracted attendees from every county in Pennsylvania except Philadelphia, which has no townships.

Each year, the association presents the award, established in 1990, to a township supervisor and a township administrator, such as a secretary or manager, whose outstanding projects or programs have benefited their communities.

Michael, who has worked for the township for 42 years, is the first Northumberland County official to receive the award, one of the highest honors that PSATS bestows. He also serves as the township’s zoning officer, subdivision and land development administrator, and municipal authority administrator.

Honored for being a proactive leader, Michael has overseen and secured millions of dollars in grants for two major infrastructure projects that have improved the lives of residents in this rural community, some of whom had failing septic systems while others lacked a basic necessity, clean drinking water. For years, in fact, water had to be hauled into a housing development and mobile home park after a plant owned by a private water company malfunctioned.

The secretary-treasurer also spearheaded the reconstruction of the township’s busiest road, a narrow and dilapidated stretch that was widened thanks to a $300,000 state grant.

“The one thing that can definitely be said about Bill is that he is a true consensus builder,” Rep. John Gordner said. “He has tirelessly worked to improve the quality of life for the citizens of his township. He is top-notch.”

Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver agreed: “I have known and worked with Bill for many years. If anyone is worthy of this award, it’s Bill for the countless things he has done for his township and the surrounding communities.”

In addition to his work for Delaware Township, Michael is active in several other community organizations, including the Warrior Run Fire Department. He and his wife, Shirley, have three children and 10 grandchildren.

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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.

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PHOTO CAPTION: William M. Michael Sr., at right, secretary-treasurer of Delaware Township in Northumberland County, receives the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors’ 28th Annual President’s Leadership Award from PSATS President Shirl Barnhart at the association’s 95th Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show in Hershey in April. The association established the award in 1990 to honor township officials and administrators whose outstanding projects or programs have benefited their communities.