|Jerry Batch (L) and Art Murphy (R) bid adieu|
Saying it was time for somebody new, Batcha decided against seeking re-election. A teacher at Northampton Area High School with two master's degrees, he was a major proponent of the Bethlehem Township Community Center. He will be succeeded by Republican Felix "Phil" Barnard, a plant manager at Bay Insulation. He wished current and new board members luck.
Murphy, a Notre Dame University grad and accountant at Selvaggio Enterprises, was defeated in November's election by developer Martin Zawarski. Murphy credited Township staff as "hard-working" and "outstanding people."
Both Murphy and Batcha will soon re-join the ranks of the highest office in America - the office of citizen.