Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Criminal Justice Maven Seeks Northampton County Council Seat

A 1999 criminal justice grad of Kutztown University, Easton resident Christopher M. Hess is the son of a 24-year verteran of Easton's finest. Chris is currently employed as a security officer with the Easton Area School District. His interesting resume includes work as a freelance reporter, adult probation officer and acting assistant township manager. Here's what he tells Northampton County Council.

"I have been actively involved in government and public relations for the last 10 years. In 1989, I had the honor of being a legislative page to the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives. From 1990 thru 2002, I had the pleasure of serving Pennsylvania State Representatives Robert L. Freeman and Richard T. Grucela as well as Pennsylvania State Senator Lisa Boscola as a constituent relation aide. From 1999 until 2002, I served as a public relations specialist for the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) in Washington, DC, as well as for the Pennsylvania State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Associates in Rhode Island. Tn these positions, I wrote press releases and news briefs in support of legislation and issues relating to law enforcement in the United States. In addition, I wrote numerous articles and position papers that "were published in national media and trade publications, and assisted in the research, preparation, and writing of Amicus Curiae briefs filed with me United States Supreme Court. I also lobbied both members of the United States Congress as well as members of the Pennsylvania State Legislature on behalf of my organizations. I attended lobbying events in Washington, DC and Harrisburg as well as congressional committee hearings to assist members of my organizations as they testified before Congress.

"Additionally, I have been involved in Government on the local level here in Pennsylvania, From 2001-2002,1 served as Acting Assistant to the Township Manager in Palmer. In this position, I assisted the Township Manager in all aspects of municipal government, including supervision of administration, grant development, planning, purchasing, finances, public works, general services, and public relations. I met daily with Township Supervisors on departmental problems, answered questions, and provided necessary information. In addition, I served as a member of the Palmer Township Planning Commission. Our commission serves as advisors to the Township Board of Supervisors on any land use items and issues. We discussed changes to the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance and the Zoning Ordinance of the township and made recommendations to the Board of Supervisors relating to any changes. Also, "we reviewed plans of developer request for land use and developed Palmer Township's comprehensive 10-year growth plan.

"I am a lifelong resident of Northampton County with a vested interest in her future. From its rich past and friendly citizens to its natural beauty and many recreational opportunities, Northampton County is a symbol of what makes America great. I would be honored to be able to serve her citizens in this capacity."


J. SPIKE ROGAN said...

I like Tom.

It is funny seeing him sport earings at City hall.

Anonymous said...

Mr. O' Hare,

Thank you for allowing your readers to be introduced to the applicants for Wayne Grube's seat on County Council. I am still in shock over Mr. Grube's passing. I have known him for many years and have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for him.

One correction to your post...I wanted to make sure your readers are not confused. While employed at Palmer Township, I served as Acting Assistant to the Township Manager, not as the Acting Assistant Manager as is posted.

Again, thank you for the opportunity to be included in this forum. I hope to serving the citizens of Northampton County in the near future.


Christopher M. Hess