Joe Vogrin served Shaler Township as solicitor for more than 27 years and last week, Shaler Township officials remembered him as a friend and colleague.
Vogrin, 70, of Shaler, died April 11, and the May 14 Board of Commissioners meeting was the first voting meeting without the veteran solicitor.
“This community is very fortunate in the folks who give to this community,” said Board President Dave Shutter. “Joe Vogrin was the epitome of that.”
Vogrin served as counsel for the law firm Meyer Darragh Buckler Bebenek and Eck where he practiced in the areas of motor vehicles, criminal and municipal law and “retired” to Shaler Township and worked as solicitor.
Vogrin volunteered his time to various township organizations and donated a portion of his township paycheck back to the township.
“One-fourth of the time he did not charge the township and when he did, one-third went to the library and one-third went to EMS,” said township manager Tim Rogers.
Harlan Stone, an attorney with Dickie, McCarney & Chilcote, of Pittsburgh, will take over the role as township solicitor and called Vogrin “a great teacher and mentor.”
Vogrin was well known within the law enforcement community from teaching criminal law at various locations, including the Allegheny County Police Academy and the City of Pittsburgh Police Academy. He was considered an expert in DUI law, and wrote the book “Pennsylvania Driving Under the Influence Law & Practice.”
“He called everyone he met ‘good guy,'” Rogers said of Vogrin. “And we have truly lost one.”
Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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