Houck re-elected president of state supervisors group
The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors have re-elected Lester Houck, a supervisor and secretary-treasurer for Salisbury Township, to a second one-year term as the association's president.
The election took place during the 91st annual PSATS conference held April 21-24 in Hershey. The conference attracted 4,000 township officials from every county except Philadelphia.
As president, Houck is a member of the association's executive board with full voting rights. The board, which is responsible for managing the affairs of the state association, is made up of five officers, seven executive committee members and the immediate past president. The board meets regularly throughout the year to conduct business and plan new projects that will benefit member townships.
Houck began his service on the association's executive board in 2004, when he was elected as assistant secretary-treasurer. He also has served as PSATS' first vice president, second vice president, and secretary-treasurer, as well as a trustee for its insurance programs.
Houck is a member of PSATS' MS4 (storm sewer) Work Group, Succession Planning Committee, and Grassroots Lobbying Network, which addresses legislative issues that affect every resident who lives in a second-class township.
He also serves as board liaison to PSATS' Finance Committee. Houck previously served on the association's Nominations and Annual Conference Planning committees, is a past winner of the President's Leadership Award and has represented PSATS on the Pennsylvania Public Employee Retirement Commission Advisory Committee and the Governor's Local Government Advisory Committee.
PSATS represents the state's 1,455 second-class townships -- home to 5.5 million residents. Its mission is to preserve and strengthen township government and secure greater visibility and involvement for townships in the state and federal political arenas.
In addition to his state leadership role, Houck also is the secretary-treasurer of the Lancaster County Association of Township Supervisors and serves on the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority.
He is past chairman of the Salisbury Township Board of Supervisors, the Salisbury Township Planning Commission and the Lancaster Countywide Communications Committee.
Houck has served as president and first and second vice president of the Lancaster County Association of Township Officials and was a member of the Pennsylvania Sewage Advisory Committee, the Lancaster County Emergency Management Training Center Operations Committee, the Lancaster County Planning Commission, the Lancaster County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities and the Lancaster County Drug Task Force.
He is a member of Calvary Monument Bible Church in Paradise.
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