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Four More Announced For County Government Transition Roles


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The transition team for returning Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia and Commissioner-elect Bob Harvie has added several members, including a Newtown Township resident.

Middletown Supervisor Amy Strouse will chair the Government Efficiency review subcommittee that is looking at Bucks County’s government structure and ability to serve all of its citizens over the next several months. She brings nearly 20 years of as a management consultant and several years of service to the township. 

 “We’ll then turn our lens inward to examine the current state of the Bucks County structure and service levels and make recommendations for improvements that can achieve a higher level of service to our citizens,” Strouse said. “The end result will be a county government that is poised to serve its residents with efficiency, professionalism, and compassion, in every department.”

Newtown Township resident Steve Wray has also joined the Marseglia-Harvie Transition Committee as the chair of the Economic Development review subcommittee. He brings more than 20 years of regional economic competitiveness, civic strategy, and public policy through work at Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, the World Class Greater Philadelphia initiative, Pennsylvania Economy League, and firm Econsult Solutions. His subcommittee will review the county’s economic development and submit a list of formal recommendations. 

“Our mission will be to ensure that Bucks County is one of the nation’s premier locations to live, work, and grow a business, and that our residents and employees are able to succeed in a rapidly changing economy,” Wray said. 

Lower Makefield Township Supervisor John B. Lewis, who works as vice president for business solutions for marketing technology company Zeta Global, will lead the Communications and IT review subcommittee. His group will look a the methods and systems of communications and information technology for the county. 

The Health and Human Services review subcommittee will be led by Warminster resident Kathleen Welsh Beveridge, who has worked with the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition, Bucks County Women’s Fund, and founded Spark Nonprofit Consulting.

“I hope that the work of this subcommittee over the next several months truly benefits the residents of Bucks County who rely on County government for services and for their well-being,” Beveridge said.

The transition committee members are volunteering and will submit reports in the new year.

It was previously announced that Tom Lynch, a Middletown native who is board chairman for TE Connectivity and the firm’s former CEO, is leading the transition team’s Budget/Finance Review subcommittee.

Lower Makefield attorney Tom Jennings, who works with FisherBroyles LLP, is leading the transition team.

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

In the new year, Marseglia and Harvie will take a Democratic majority on the Bucks County Commissioners after years of Republican rule. The majority of the row offices will also be in the control of Democrats.

The transition team invites the public to ask questions and relay concerns and comments to transitionforbuckscounty@gmail.com.


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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