After 8 terms, borough mayor decides to retire

John Dorin has announced that he will not seek a ninth term as Montoursville mayor.

Dorin, a Republican, said serving the people of the borough for so many years has been a pleasure.

“After eight terms, I am going to retire as mayor to possibly spend more time with the family,” he said. “I have a grandson out of the area. I want to travel and take an extended vacation, something I haven’t had a chance to do.”

He said he also may become more involved in the Pennsylvania State Boroughs Association. Dorin is a past president of the organization and also served as chairman of its legislative action committee.

He also has served as president of the Pennsylvania Association of Mayors and as a member of its executive board. He serves as legislative chairman for the Association of Mayors and as a lobbyist.

“I’m not considering running for any other office at this point in time,” he said.

Dorin, a native of Taylor in Lackawanna County, became mayor in 1982.

Prior to that, he served four years on Montoursville Borough Council.

“I’d like to take the opportunity to thank the people of Montoursville for their support,” he said. “It was always a pleasure to serve the people, not only on the local level but at the state level.”

Dorin noted the many contacts he made over the years as mayor.

He said one of his more important roles in a borough ruled by a “weak mayor” form of government was to serve as the principal public relations person for Montoursville.

“I was a team player in working with Montoursville Borough Council over the years,” he said.

He noted the projects and changes he helped bring to the community during his tenure. They include introducing public sewage to the borough, creating the streetscape project in the 300 block of Broad Street and erecting welcome signs to the borough, which he noted serves as the gateway to eastern Lycoming County.

He also successfully pushed to bring a lighted crosswalk system to the borough, the first of its kind in the state.

Dorin noted he was mayor when the community suffered the loss of Montoursville Area High School students and their chaperones who were aboard Flight 800 when it crashed July 17, 1996, off Long Island, N.Y., while enroute to France.

“I was part of a support group that worked with the grieving families,” he said.

He is a member of the Flight 800 Memorial Construction Committee.

Dorin has served with numerous other organizations locally and on the state level. He is president of the Lycoming/Sullivan Counties Boroughs Association. He has served as chairman of the Bloomsburg University Trustees and the Bloomsburg University Foundation and is a member of the New Opportunities and legislative committee of the Bloomsburg University Foundation.

He has been involved with the Boy Scouts and presently serves as merit badge counselor with the Scouts’ Susquehanna Council.

Dorin received the 1998 Outstanding Mayor Award from the Association of Mayors of the Boroughs of Pennsylvania, the 2010 Anthony Defillippi Award for outstanding achievement in government affairs and the 1989 Grit Publishing Group’s Meritorious Community Service Award.

Dorin was employed in management at GTE Products Corp., Williamsport, and at Jersey Shore Steel Co. as materials manager.

He is a graduate of Temple University and is a U.S. Army veteran.

He and his wife, the former Ann Marie Marcinak, are the parents of three children, James (deceased), Cynthia Dorin Layton and Michelle Dorin. The couple have one grandson, Nicholas.