News Release: Houck Re-elected PSATS President

April 29, 2013

Ginni Linn
PSATS Director of Communications
(717) 763-0930

Houck Re-elected President of Township Association

Members of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors have re-elected Lester Houck, a supervisor and secretary-treasurer for Salisbury Township in Lancaster County, to a second one-year term as the association’s president.

The election took place during PSATS’ 91st Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show, held April 21-24 in Hershey. This is the largest municipal event of its kind in the state, with close to 4,000 attendees. The conference attracted township officials from every county in Pennsylvania except Philadelphia, which has no townships.

The president 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 PSATS’ five officers, seven Executive Committee members, and the immediate past president. The board meets frequently throughout the year to conduct business and plan new projects that will benefit member townships.

The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors represents Pennsylvania’s 1,455 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 cover 95 percent of Pennsylvania’s land mass and represent more residents — 5.5 million — than any other type of political subdivision in the commonwealth.

Houck began his service on the association’s Executive Board in 2004, when he was elected as assistant secretary-treasurer. He has also 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 Pennsylvanian who lives in a township of the second class. He also serves as the 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 association’s 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.

Houck is also 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 also 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, Lancaster County.