Local governments exist for the purpose of providing services and public facilities to the people who live within their jurisdictions. What they must do and what they may do is specified in the codes and laws enacted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. East Hanover Township is a Second Class Township governed by the Second Class Township Code which was enacted and amended in 1995. Since January 2, 2001, the Board of Supervisors has consisted of five people. The expansion of the Board from three to five members was approved in the 1999 municipal election.
All Supervisors now have a six year term of office. The Supervisors have created the positions of Township Manager, Assistant Township Manager/Zoning Officer, Secretary-Treasurer, Administrative Assistant, Park & Recreation Director, Public Works Director and Road Crew, Building and Park Maintenance, Sewage Enforcement Officer, Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, Municipal Engineer and Solicitor. They have also appointed a Zoning Hearing Board, Planning Commission, Park and Recreation Board, Environmental Advisory Council and Emergency Management Coordinator. The Environmental Advisory Council is currently on an inactive status due to lack of volunteers to be appointed as members. Board of Supervisor meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday evenings of each month (except holidays and elections) in the Municipal Building beginning at 7 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.
Solicitor: Saltzmann Hughes, P.C., 105 North Front Street, Suite 401, Harrisburg PA 17101. Phone 717-234-6700
Term: Ends 12/31/21
Chairman Rish was previously a Township Supervisor from May 2000 until January 2008 and served on the Planning Commission. He lives with his family at 122 Sunset Drive. He has been a resident of the Township since 1996. George graduated from Greater Nanticoke Area High School and Temple University. He is currently employed as a Pharmacist by Pinnacle Health at the Harrisburg Hospital. He is a supporting member of the Grantville Volunteer Fire Company.
Term: Ends 12/31/21
Rick Smith, Vice Chairman and his three children, Nicole, Ryan and Chloe, have lived in EHT for the past 5 years. Rick grew up in EHT and traces his roots in the township back to the earliest settlers. Rick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Univ. of Southern California and an MBA in Finance from the Univ. of PA’s Wharton School of Business. He is active in the community as a member of the Park & Recreation Board, Lower Dauphin Falcon Foundation Board, Lower Dauphin Communities that Care Board, and Darwin Group Board. He welcomes the opportunity to serve the residents of East Hanover Township.
Term: Ends 12/31/23
Chad Leese moved to East Hanover Township in 2012 after living in a more urban area. In 2014 he was appointed to the EHT Planning Commission where he served as Vice-Chair from 2016 to 2017. This role was taken very seriously as he wished to help preserve the unique rural character of the township which is what initially drew him to the area. In his every day profession, Chad critically analyzes data in hopes to provide the most accurate and the most cost effective solution to problems that may arise. It is his both his passion for the township and critical thinking abilities combined with his work ethic and management skills that propelled Chad towards running for township supervisor. He believes limited government, proper financial planning and decision making based on accurate data will allow for township sustainability. He is thankful the residents have allowed him to serve them.
Term: Ends 12/31/23
Michael Yingling and his wife Judi have lived in EHT since 1998. They have five grown children, two son-in-law’s and two daughter-in-law’s. Two of the five children are Army Veterans. They also have five grandchildren. He is a long-standing member of the EHT Emergency Management Committee. Served on the Twp. Act 209 Traffic Committee and the EHT Park, Recreation, Open Space Comprehensive Plan Study Committee. He is currently serving on the Long-Term Planning Committee. Michael is also a past member of the West Hanover Township Planning Commission. Michael has over 39 years’ experience in the Real Estate, Land Development Construction and Property Management fields. He is very active in the Harrisburg Association of Realtors, serves on many Boards and Committees and is active in the W.E.S. Hanover Business Association. His current 6-year term started in January 2012.
Term: Ends 12/31/19
Mr Hess is a lifelong resident of East Hanover Township, Dauphin County and a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School and Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg. His professional experience includes land acquisition and development, home construction, codes, zoning and land use, and he holds a current Pennsylvania Real Estate License. Rob operates Bow Creek Farm and Cattle Co. along with his wife Amy and their two children. Mr. Hess was recently appointed and is currently serving a four year term as a Member of the Pennsylvania State Planning Board. He values preservation of Pennsylvania’s industrial pioneer heritage and is committed to participating in ventures that support Pennsylvania as a leader of innovation and maintaining the Commonwealth as the proper place to raise families and succeed.
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