Government

Transition For Democratic County Commissioners Has Begun


Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia and Bob Harvie.

The transition has begun.

Lower Makefield attorney Tom Jennings, who works with FisherBroyles LLP, is leading the transition team for returning Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia and Commissioner-elect Bob Harvie. Come January, the two will hold a Democratic majority on the Bucks County Commissioners. 

“Bob and I are thrilled to have someone with Tom’s esteemed background and qualifications leading our transition team,” Ellis-Marseglia said. “Tom is widely known throughout Bucks County for his work related to facility redevelopment particularly in the environmental sector.”

“I am pleased to lead this historic effort and thank Diane and Bob for their support,” Jennings said. 

Jennings has worked with a number of regional and Bucks County boards for nonprofits. Along with his wife, he was recognized as Citizen Diplomats of the Year in 2017. He previously chaired a transition at Citizen Diplomacy International. 

The transition team additionally includes experienced attorneys Michael Clarke, managing partner of Rudolph Clarke LLC; Kyong Ha Growney, partner of Curtin & Heefner LLP; and tax attorney Gregory C. McCarthy.

Clarke is solicitor for Falls Township and has dealt with Harvie in his role as an elected Supervisor over the years.

Jennings said the transition team intends to look at how county government works and report back to the Commissioners.

“We look forward to hearing from Bucks County residents as we analyze aspects of county government,” Jennings said.

The election earlier this month gave Democrats majority status in county government for the first time since 1988.

Republican State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo was elected to fill the minority for the Commissioners. 


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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: tom@newtownpanow.com Phone: 215-431-1001