The Lebanon County Court of Common Pleas has released documents filed by each of the 24 persons applying to fill the county commissioner post left empty by the December death of Republican William E. Ames Jr.

Pennsylvania law requires the court to pick a successor of the same party to complete Ames’ term, which expires in January 2024.

Lebanon County commissioners receive an annual salary of $73,623 and will get a cost of living index or 2% raise, whichever is less, in 2023. They also receive health insurance and can participate in the county’s defined benefit pension plan.

The court required commissioner hopefuls to complete an application form and to submit “a resume of their full educational background and work experience [and] a statement of their goals and objectives as County Commissioner if selected for appointment.” Candidates also have to undergo a criminal background check.

The applicants’ occupations and their statements of intent, where provided, are listed below. Since the law prohibits release of home addresses, their ZIP codes have been provided instead.

The court has not announced how it will decide which candidates will be interviewed, nor has it announced a timetable for appointing a new commissioner.

Rick Barlow

ZIP Code: 17042
Current Occupation: sales consultant at Frederick Chevrolet

Link to statement of intent.

Michael L. Barnhart

ZIP Code: 17087
Current Occupation: employment coordinator at Quest, Inc.

Link to statement of intent.

William Bering Jr.

ZIP Code: 17046
Current Occupation: vice president at Bering Real Estate Co.

Link to statement of intent.

David J. Brightbill

ZIP Code: 17042
Current Occupation: of counsel at Stevens & Lee

Link to statement of intent.

Sean Carrig

ZIP Code: 17042
Current Occupation: lieutenant at Dauphin County Prison

David A. DiNunzio

ZIP Code: 17042
Current Occupation: president/owner of DiNunzio’s Shoe Repair

D. John Grace, Jr.

ZIP Code: 17078
Current Occupation: self-employed CPA

Link to statement of intent.

Robert Griffiths

ZIP Code: 17042
Most Recent Occupation: supervisor of College Sports Center at Lebanon Valley College

Link to statement of intent.

James A. Houser

ZIP Code: 17003
Current Occupation: self-employed investment property owner and mechanical contractor

Link to statement of intent.

Tom Houtz

ZIP Code: 17067
Current Occupation: regional safety manager for OTIS Elevator

Link to statement of intent.

David Kreider

ZIP Code: 17042
Current Occupation: self-employed farmer at Harold & Daniel Kreider Farm/Killinger Creek LLC

Link to statement of intent.

Michael J. Kuhn

ZIP Code: 17042
Current Occupation: director of development for WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital

Link to statement of intent.

Adrian Layser

ZIP Code: 17067
Current Occupation: protective service supervisor at Lebanon County Aging

Link to statement of intent.

Natalie Redcay

ZIP Code: 17078
Most Recent Occupation: creative director at Matthews Public Library

Link to statement of intent.

John A. Schlegel

ZIP Code: 17042
Most Recent Occupation: director of secondary education at Cornwall-Lebanon School District

Link to statement of intent.

Matthew Shirk

ZIP Code: 17042
Current Occupation: information architect at Armstrong Flooring

Link to statement of intent.

Lee F. Spencer

ZIP Code: 17046
Current Occupation: manager/truck driver for Leidich Enterprises

Link to statement of intent.

Jeffrey D. Steckbeck

ZIP Code: 17042
Current Occupation: CEO/president at Steckbeck Engineering and Surveying Inc.

Link to statement of intent.

Larry Stohler

ZIP Code: 17042
Current Occupation: representative for Swab Wagon Co.

Link to statement of intent.

Michael Wahmann

ZIP Code: 17042
Current Occupation: prothonotary for the County of Lebanon

Link to statement of intent.

David Warner

ZIP Code: 17078
Current Occupation: attorney/shareholder at Buzgon Davis Law Offices

Link to statement of intent.

Steven Michael Wolfe

ZIP Code: 17046
Most Recent Occupation: delivery driver for Henise Tire Service

Link to statement of intent.

Daniel Wright

ZIP Code: 17042
Most Recent Occupation: chief county detective for the County of Lebanon

Link to statement of intent.

Sharon Zook

ZIP Code: 17042
Current Occupation: design & management at Snitz Creek Cabinet Shop

Link to statement of intent.


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