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News: Washington Township Manager Receives Association’s Distinguished Service Award


April 24, 2017
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Ginni Linn
Executive Editor/Print Manager
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Washington Township Manager Receives Association’s Distinguished Service Award

Mike Christopher, long-time manager of Washington Township, Franklin County, received the Chairman’s Distinguished Service Award April 24 at the 95th Annual Educational Conference of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors in Hershey.

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

      The association’s Executive Board established the award in 2000 to honor those individuals who offer 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.

      “Mike has been a tremendous supporter of township government and the state association,” PSATS Executive Board Chairman and First Vice President Bill Hawk said in presenting the award to Christopher, who will retire as Washington Township manager in June. “In addition to his service on numerous boards and committees at the state, county, and local level, Mike has been an untiring advocate and volunteer for PSATS.”

      Christopher has been an instructor for local government training courses and has served on various PSATS committees, including Land Use, Secretary-Manager, Townships With Populations Over 10,000, and Conference Planning.

      He became the manager of Washington Township in 1977 and added the role of township treasurer in 1994. Throughout his career, Christopher has received numerous awards for his dedication and outstanding performance. In 1998, he was given PSATS’ President’s Leadership Award in honor of his outstanding initiative, creativity, and leadership in improving the quality of life in his township.

      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.

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PHOTO CAPTION:  Mike Christopher long-time manager of Washington Township, Franklin County, receives the Chairman’s Distinguished Service Award at the 95th Annual Educational Conference of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors in Hershey. Christopher, at left, is shown with PSATS Executive Board Chairman and First Vice President Bill Hawk. The award honors those who offer their time and talents to help township officials and PSATS.