About the Board of Commissioners
Nine Commissioners are elected by the town residents for a four-year term. The Code establishes a pattern of staggered elections so that roughly half of the board is up for election in each municipal election year.
Ross Township is governed by the Board of Commissioners as established under the First Class Township code. The Board plays the central role in township government by serving as the main legislative body of the township. They oversee policy-making, enacting ordinances and resolutions, as well as managing the finances of the township through the development of an annual budget and tax levying. There are nine Wards with one Commissioner per Ward.
As elected officials of the township, Commissioners also work closely with state representatives concerning state legislation affecting the township.
The following is a list of the
current Commissioners, by Ward:
WARD 1 Daniel DeMarco
WARD 2 Steve Korbel
WARD 3 Rick Avon
WARD 4 Lana Mazur
WARD 5 Grace Stanko
WARD 6 David Mikec, Vice President
WARD 7 Pat Mullin
WARD 8 Jeremy Shaffer, President
WARD 9 Jack Betkowski
To administer the executive responsibilities of the township, the Board appoints all department heads in the township as well as board members for the various department boards and commissions. The positions of Township Manager, Township Engineer and Township Solicitor are two year appointments. The Board also designates the Township Depositories (banks) as well as the official newspaper of the township.
Ross works with a junior commissioner to engage students about community issues.
Junior Commissioner: Jake Stanton
The basic qualification to serve as a township commissioner is to be a registered voter and resident of the township. Commissioners must reside in the township continuously for at least one year before their election. To continue serving as a commissioner, an individual must retain residence within the township. Legal residence includes not only a person’s intention, but also a physical presence. The requirement of residence approximates domicile. Intention or voter registration is not enough; an individual’s actual residence is better determined by his conduct than by his words. A person cannot declare a domicile inconsistent with the facts of where he or she actually lives.