Mount Joy Twp. names supervisor
BY MELISSA EBY, Correspondent
Mount Joy Township native and longtime resident Gerald F. Becker has a new job as a township supervisor.
At a special meeting Jan. 31, Mount Joy Township supervisors unanimously appointed him to fill the unexpired term of Don L. Bosserman, who resigned Jan. 7.
Becker brings a long history of service to the board, dating back to his time on the Mount Joy Township Planning Commission in the early 1980s.
Prior to that, he served on the Elizabethtown Borough Planning Commission.
Becker is a Mount Joy Township Zoning Hearing Board member, and he comes to sit on the board of supervisors with specific goals in mind for the township.
"First, I would like to attract some industry to increase the tax base; and second, I would like to improve the traffic control around the Bear Creek School," he said in an email.
Becker has a wife named Jeneba and two sons, Timothy and Gregory, both of whom reside in Atlanta.
He has spent the majority of his professional career in a management position for the Bethlehem Steel Corp. until his retirement in 1986.
He said he has been involved in international consulting in the steel industry including work in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia and China.
But he also knows his way around the northwestern section of Lancaster County.
"I was born and raised in Mount Joy Township," he said. "After going to Penn State for four years and living in Elizabethtown Borough for 10 years, I have lived in Mount Joy Township since 1976."
Township engineer Steve Gault said some of the supervisors interviewed a pool of three applicants, out of which Becker was appointed.
Pennsylvania's second class township code specifies that to fill a supervisor position, the remaining board members may appoint a replacement, who shall serve until the end of the year following the next municipal election.