MIFFLINTOWN - Bob Reynolds has announced he is seeking the nomination of the Republican Party for Juniata County Commissioner in the May 17 primary.
A long-time manager for state government prior to his retirement, Reynolds said he believes strongly that the commissioners should be full-time officials who actively supervise and manage the many programs of the county.
"We now have a budget of slightly more than $9 million with more than 100 employees and need commissioners whose primary focus is the cost-effective and efficient delivery of county services. If elected, I will be that kind of commissioner," Reynolds said in a release.
Reynolds said he believes the next five years will bring a great deal of pressure on the local resources of Juniata County.
"It is clear to me that the severe fiscal problems at the federal and state level will have a significant impact here in the county. Strong management skills will be necessary if we are to continue to maintain and improve the delivery of county services while dealing with this new fiscal situation," Reynolds said in the release.
Reynolds said he has a strong background in fiscal administration and analysis and extensive experience in program evaluation and management activities gained during more than 30 years of employment in the Department of Education and Department of Public Welfare.
"Equally important, beginning with my service in the U.S. Army, I have learned how to work effectively as a member of a team. This ability is going to be extremely important if all the commissioners are to work together for the good of all the people of Juniata County. I look forward to sharing my ideas and discussing the issues with the voters of the county over the coming months," Reynolds said in the release.
Reynolds, who grew up and was educated in Juniata County, has a Bachelor of Sciences in English education from Shippensburg University and Master's in Educational Research from West Chester University. He started his professional career as a teacher at East Juniata High School. He lives in Fermanagh Township near Mifflintown with his wife Roxie, is a member of the Republican Party Committee, and is active in numerous local organizations, including the Mifflin-Mifflintown Lions Club, the Advisory Council for the Mifflin-Juniata Area Agency on Aging, the Board of Directors of the Mifflin-Juniata Regional Services Corporation, Union Lodge 324, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, VFW Post 5863, American Legion Post 298, the Juniata County Sportmen's Association, the Juniata Trout Club and the Middle Ridge Gun Club.