Lisa Nancollas resigns as Mifflin County commissioner

Kodish named board chairman for remainder of the year

Lisa Nancollas

Lisa Nancollas

LEWISTOWN — In a stunning development Thursday, Mifflin County Commissioner Lisa Nancollas resigned her position following a vote to reorganize the board and name Commissioner Kevin Kodish as board chairman for the remainder of 2017.

Reading from a statement, Commissioner Stephen Dunkle, a Republican, noted, “Mifflin County is small in size and population. But Mifflin County is enormously big in spirit, fairness and recognition that we will not be led by partisanship.”

He then went on to nominate Kodish, a Democrat, as chairperson for the board, himself as vice-chairperson and Nancollas as secretary.

Following the vote to reorganize, Nancollas announced she had something to say.

“I’m not sure if this is about me or not. This is the best day of my life. I’m sorry Mifflin County, I resign. I’m so sorry. If you two can, please nominate Mark Sunderland to take my place because he was the next highest vote-getter. Thank you Mifflin County. I want to go back to my dogs, my cats, my mother and my husband,” Nancollas said.

In his statement nominating Kodish, Dunkle remarked, “It is my hope, as small as we are, that our action today will send a message to those in Washington and Harrisburg that partisan politics conducted with venom, used to circumvent established rules, procedures, votes and the best interest of our nation, state and people, will perhaps, just perhaps, draw attention to this destructive behavior and let them hear the words and intent of our founding fathers, so that fair play, honest debate and compromise replace politicalization, polarization and paralyzation.”

Following the meeting Solicitor Stephen Snook said the remaining two commissioners do not have the power to nominate a replacement for Nancollas.

“That will be up to the court,” Snook pointed out.

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