News Release: Swailes Elected to Executive Committee
Swailes Elected to Township Supervisors Association’s Executive Committee
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 15, 2012
Contact: Ginni Linn
PSATS Director of Communications
Members of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors have elected Anna Swailes, a supervisor and secretary-treasurer for Metal Township in Franklin County, to serve a three-year term on the association’s Executive Committee.
The election took place during PSATS’ 90th Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show, held May 6-9 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 seven-member Executive Committee, the association’s five officers, and the immediate past president (if still in township office) make up the Executive Board, which is responsible for managing the affairs of the state association. The board meets frequently throughout the year to oversee association 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 for the past 91 years has been 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 represent more residents — 5.5 million Pennsylvanians — than any other type of political subdivision in the commonwealth.
Swailes serves on PSATS’ Legislative Committee and its Grassroots Lobbying Network, which addresses legislative issues that affect every Pennsylvanian who lives in a township of the second class. She is also a past recipient of the Association’s President’s Leadership Award.
Swailes also is the treasurer of the Franklin County Association of Township Officials. Her service to the township includes delegate to the Franklin County Council of Governments and the Franklin County Area Tax Board, secretary for the Franklin County Tax Collection Board, and assistant secretary for the Metal Township Municipal Authority. She served previously as the authority’s secretary-treasurer. Swailes is also certified through the Pennsylvania Association of Municipal Administrators.
Additional affiliations include the Franklin County Emergency Services Alliance and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Farm Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Board.
Swailes previously served as president of the Franklin County Community Action Program, founder and co-chair of the Franklin County Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee, and member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Planning and Evaluation Committee. She was a leader/trainer for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, a member of the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Dairy Committee, and a minority inspector for the Franklin County Metal Third District Board of Elections.
Swailes also has served as a canvasser for the American Cancer Society, Franklin County Unit, and as treasurer for the Dry Run Church of the Brethren.