Sullivan County commissioner gets top state award

Lancaster – Sullivan County Commissioner Darla Bortz received the Outstanding County Commissioner of the Year Award at the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s annual conference on Aug. 5.

The award was one of several given by the organization to county leaders and others who have done much to enhance and improve the well-being of counties and the residents they serve.

CCAP presented awards for outstanding chief clerk, outstanding affiliate member, outstanding county commissioner, outstanding county solicitor, president’s awards, the friend of county government, excellence in website design and outstanding county newsletter during its 128th annual conference.

The Outstanding County Commissioner of the Year Award recognizes a commissioner who, through association participation, has contributed to the advancement of county government.

Bortz’s nomination form noted her leadership on human services issues in her county.

She has served as a county commissioner for more than 25 years.

Bortz was recognized for her leadership role in the county and at the state level, but especially for the impact she has had in her county.

She is a member of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Board and was instrumental in raising money and establishing a dental clinic for Sullivan County residents unable to afford dental work.

She submitted a proposal to the state for a physician-operated Well Child Program. Sullivan County was the first county to implement the program.

Bortz is on the Advisory Board of Geisinger Medical Center and serves as a member of the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association Board, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania Human Services Committee, Bradford and Sullivan Counties Mental Health Board, and Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board.

She also serves on the Bradford/Sullivan/Tioga/Wyoming counties Board of Planning and Development and the Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna and Tioga counties Area Agency on Aging Board of Directors.

Also during the conference, Jeff Wheeland, Lycoming County commissioner and CCAP Energy, Environment and Land Use Committee chairman received a Special Presidential Award, as did George Hartwick III, Dauphin County commissioner and CCAP Human Services Committee chairman.

Presidential awards are given by the CCAP president to honor outstanding contributions and commitment to CCAP as recognized through service to the association.

Other awards included:

Outstanding Affiliate of the Year – Jayne Romero, human services administrator of Venango County.

Outstanding Solicitor of the Year – Robert Knupp, of Dauphin County, CCAP’s solicitor.

Outstanding Chief Clerk – John Hart, of Franklin County.

Outstanding County Newsletter of the Year – Potter County for its quarterly print publication, Potter County Veteran’s News. The award honors county communications that represent outstanding efforts to convey county information to community stakeholders and other audiences.

Excellence in Website Design – Adams and Chester counties.

Friend of County Government – William Penn Printing, of Allegheny County.