Fitzgerald Commends Officials & Staff during Local Government Week

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today commended the work of the county’s 130 municipalities and other governmental organizations in honor of Local Government Week, which will end tomorrow, April 19.

“Local government touches all of us and provides services that are essential to our daily lives,” said Fitzgerald. “It’s the level of government that is truly closest to the people. Thank you to all of our cities, boroughs, townships, volunteer fire departments, municipal authorities and other governmental organizations for the critical role they play in shaping our communities.”

Local governments in Allegheny County are leading the way and being recognized as exemplary models for others. Several municipalities and organizations have received the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence for 2013, including: Allegheny Valley Volunteer Fire Company #1; Hampton Township; Shaler Township; McCandless Township; Mt. Lebanon; and Tarentum. Next month, Whitehall Borough Council Member Kathy DePuy will take office as President of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs.

Earlier this month, the Allegheny League of Municipalities designated 21 municipalities as Banner Communities. These municipalities implement best practices in all aspects of their operations and govern in an inclusive, collaborative manner. Banner communities have demonstrated a commitment to training and education of their officials, active participation in professional organizations, sponsorship of community events, and routine communication with residents.

“The hard work and dedication of those involved in local government has not gone unnoticed,” added Fitzgerald. “I am honored to issue a proclamation recognizing April 15-19 as ‘Local Government Week’ and commending local government officials and staff for all they have done for the residents of Allegheny County.”

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