Postal to serve as county commissioner

Retiring president of MCIDC will step in to replace Nancollas

Sentinel photo by KIERNAN M. SCHALK
President Judge David Barron, left, swears in Rob Postal as the new Mifflin County Commissioner.

LEWISTOWN — It’s been several weeks since former county commissioner Lisa Nancollas resigned unexpectedly and on Friday, President Judge David Barron announced Rob Postal would be serving out the remainder of Nancollas’ term, which ends in January 2020.

As president judge, it falls to Barron to fill any open county commissioner vacancies, the only stipulation being that the person filling the vacancy must be registered to the same political party, in this case, the Republican Party.

Postal announced he would be retiring from the Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation earlier this year, where he has served as president since 1983, after receiving his degree in economics from the Pennsylvania State University. His official last day at MCIDC will be June 30 and until that time, he will not accept a salary from the county for his new role as a commissioner.

Postal said he would be taking a “limited governance role” between now and June 30, but pledged to attend meetings and familiarize himself with his duties as a commissioner.

“Rob brings to this position a wealth of development and planning skills that have benefited Mifflin County for more than three decades. Mifflin County needs this kind of forward thinking to keep us moving ahead,” Barron said.

Barron said Postal has successfully marketed this area to attract industry and jobs, and has managed property assets as well as an annual operating budget of more than $1 million.

“Along with his business acumen, he brings experience working with every level of government including past Mifflin County boards of commissioners,” Barron added.

Commissioner Kevin Kodish said Postal has a “vast skill set” and “knows how to build and expand partnerships,” and he is committed to promoting jobs in Mifflin County.

“We enthusiastically welcome Rob to the board and we look forward to working with him,” Kodish added.

Commissioner Stephen Dunkle said he has known Postal for more than 40 years and holds him in high regard.

“He has done a great job at MCIDC,” Dunkle said.

Barron said he reviewed 24 letters of interest for the county commissioner position, however the names are not public record and will not be released.