Brad Osborne was elected Chair and Mike Schware Vice Chair at the reorganization of Lehigh County's Board of Commissioners last night. Newly elected Commissioner Dan Hartzell stated that, when he covered the Board for The Morning Call, there was a tradition of having a Chair and Vice Chair from different parties. He did not mention that, when he covered the Board, those parties were the Democrat-Republican Party and the Federalists. Hartzell nominated Geoff Brace for Vice Chair, but he was rejected along party lines.
When he was Chair, Republican Dean Browning revived that practice. Democrats Dan McCarthy and Bill Hansell served as Vice Chair. But that was before Wayne Woodman became GOP party boss.