WILLIAMSPORT -- Jack McKernan, a first term Republican who has served as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners the past four years, has decided to seek a second term.
“During my term, this team of Commissioner’s has earned a reputation of being one of the most active boards in the last twenty years” said McKernan. I am proud of our accomplishments. I believe I have a lot to offer the people of Lycoming County. I have a thorough understanding of how our county government operates and the issues we face at this time. We are in the midst of various projects in addition to having recently completed the much anticipated EIP study. I would like to be here to finish projects started and implement changes for the betterment of our County and the taxpayers."
When asked to site examples Commissioner McKernan had the following to offer:
This board provided leadership in setting up a focus group to find funding for repairs to the levee which is vital for downtown Williamsport and Lycoming County as a whole. White Deer Golf Course is on a path to break even, with an alternative plan available if the course proves our community cannot support such a facility. Responsible use of Impact / ACT 13 fees including an improved fund balance. A full review of our fund balance investments earned the County over $500,000 in additional interest during 2018. Switching to a self-insured health care program should generate savings in future budget years. The EIP fiscal and management analysis was completed at our request of the PA Department of Community & Economic Development. The report offers suggestions to help us be more efficient with our staffing and opportunities to improve our fiscal position. We have also initiated discussion among municipalities and volunteers to help find a regional solution for EMS / Volunteer Fire / EMT.
The Commissioner also stated “my work ethic is 100% committed to making Lycoming County a safe community and to have a government that is fiscally responsible to the taxpayers. I have dedicated four solid years of educating myself on County government and working for the tax payers. Electing me to another four years will protect your investment and allow me to continue to provide the leadership necessary at a time of transition within many departments of county government.”
During his time as a Commissioner McKernan has been very active in the state association, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) serving on the Energy, Environmental and Land Use committee, has taken courses to earn a CCAP Academy of Excellence certificate for completion of training hours. He is also active with the National Association of County Commissioners (NaCO) serving on the Health Advisory Committee.
In his role as Commissioner, Jack represented Lycoming County on the STEP Board of Directors, STEP Aging Committee, SEDA-COG Board of Directors. He said it has been a pleasure to preside over many Eagle Scout Ceremonies and to be involved in the Flag Day and Veterans Day parades the last four years.
The re-election committee, Friends of Jack McKernan, will again be a grass roots campaign comprised of local friends, family, relatives and volunteers. His campaign chairman is Kevin Baggett. Baggett lives in Loyalsock and has been a lifelong resident of Lycoming County. He is married to Judy (Bower) and they have three sons.
McKernan lives in Loyalsock, and has been married to Phyllis (Deitrick) for 31 years. They have two daughters, Erin Powell (Ryan), Megan and their dog Josie. Besides working at the county full time, McKernan has continued ownership of the Williamsport Moving & Storage Company, a family owned business since 1953.