ShareThis Page

Longtime East Huntingdon Township supervisor calling it a career

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 9:05 p.m.
Marilyn Forbes | For The Independent-Observer
Long-time East Huntingdon Township Supervisor Howard Keefer will be retiring from the position in January.

East Huntingdon Township residents will be losing one of their dedicated supervisors in January, when longtime Supervisor Howard Keefer punches the township clock for his final time.

After thought and consideration, Keefer said that although he did file his petition to appear on the ballot for the primary election, he decided not to run.

“I was having some slight issues with my health,” Keefer said. “My doctor advised me that it would be a good idea to have less stress in my life.”

Keefer of Tarrs has been a township employee since 1974, taking a job as a truck driver at the offer of then supervisor, Don Potoka, working in that capacity until he saw his chance for advancement.

“I was first hired as a truck driver and I did that for 10 years,” Keefer said. “There was then an opening for supervisor and that started my career as a supervisor and I've been one now for 30 years.”

Keefer said he has seen changes in East Huntingdon over the decades, such as now having most of the 68 miles of township roads paved and also has witnessed growth through the many businesses that have now found their home in East Huntingdon Township.

“There has been a lot of new businesses coming in on both sides of the road out by Sony and that has really helped us to not raise taxes,” Keefer said. “Taxes have not been raised the entire time I have been supervisor.”

Keefer said he is proud to have worked with his fellow supervisors, Paul Hodgkiss and Joel Suter, and the three have made a great team over the years.

“I've known both of them for a long time,” Keefer said. “The three of us work well together and that is how we have been able to get so much done.”

Hodgkiss said he will be sorry to see Keefer leave in January and will miss their friendship and working relationship.

“It has been a pleasure working with Dink all these years,” Hodgkiss said, referring to the nickname that Keefer is known by to many. “I've worked for 40 with him and we have been through a lot over the years.”

The supervisors said they have had their ups and downs over the years, but always managed to pull through and work towards the betterment of the township and its residents.

“We have worked well together and that is the only way to get anything done, but we have also not seen eye to eye on things,' Hodgkiss said. “We always worked it out and came to a solution.”

Keefer said he will now take some time to relax, possibly travel a bit with wife Linda, and generally take it easy.

“It's going to be different,” Keefer said. “I have never had a winter off in my life so that will be a change for me, and not a bad one.”

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.