THE END OF AN ERA
In Lower Swatara, a longtime commissioner resigns; DiFrancesco named as replacementWhen Frank Linn decided he was going resign from his position on Lower Swatara Twp.’s Board of Commissioners after 36 years, one of the first people he called was …
THE END OF AN ERA
In Lower Swatara, a longtime commissioner resigns; DiFrancesco named as replacement
When Frank Linn decided he was going resign from his position on Lower Swatara Twp.’s Board of Commissioners after 36 years, one of the first people he called was Nick DiFrancesco.
DiFrancesco, a former township commissioner and Dauphin County commissioner, offered to step in for his friend, but knew he had big shoes to fill.
“Frank really stands out as just an amazing public servant,” DiFranceco said. “I’ve never known someone more committed to Lower Swatara Twp. than Frank Linn ... I honestly think no one will ever accomplish more than Frank has done in his entire career.”
The township’s commissioners felt DiFrancesco was the best person to take Linn’s place. Without much discussion, the board voted unanimously on Wednesday, Sept. 18 to appoint DiFrancesco to fill Linn’s unexpired term, which ends on Dec. 31, 2015.
DiFrancesco was out of town Wednesday and could not attend the meeting, but Commissioner Michael Davies told the board he spoke to DiFranceso beforehand.
“He [DiFrancesco] expressed to me his deep interest in coming back and serving the community,” Davies said. “I really cannot think of anyone who has deeper experience or skills.”
DiFrancesco has several years of experience in state and federal government relations and has spent many years serving the community. In 1992, he became the youngest person to be elected president of Highspire Borough Council.
DiFrancesco became a Lower Swatara Township commissioner in 1996, and served as a county commissioner from 2004 to 2010.
“His experience is the thing we need on this board,” said Commissioner Tom Mehaffie. “His assets are the best we could ask for.”
DiFrancesco, the president/CEO of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers, said he had no intention to run for a spot on the board, but wanted to stay involved.
“I certainly have an intent to serve my community any way I can,” he said. “Political office in my future will be based on local need.”
DiFrancesco predicts the transition will be smooth, given his experience on the board previously.
“I feel I can fill that slot without a whole lot of learning curve,” DiFrancesco said. “I know how the operations run, and can step into the vacancy pretty quick.”
Residing in the township most of his life has instilled a lot of pride and knowledge of the community in DiFrancesco.
“The township is a great place to live. We still retain a lot of the small town feel,” he said. “I’ve seen how it has grown over the years. I carry the knowledge of the leaders that have come before and a strong commitment to making sure that continues.”
With budget season quickly approaching, as well other outstanding matters – including the hiring of a township manager – DiFrancesco is looking forward to meeting with the township’s staff.
“I know we have a lot of things coming down the road that I can add skills to, and I’m very excited,” he said. “I think I can bring a lot to the township.”