Front row: Mayor Patty Lawler, Council President Gerrie Carey,
Council Vice-President Dominic Scott, Borough Solicitor Daniel Mulhern.
Back row: Councilman Vincent Cruciani, Councilman David Jenkins,
Councilman Herman Johnson, Councilman Patrick Williams, Police Chief
Chris Yarns, Councilman Jim Klein, and Borough Manager Virginia Kehoe
Above: Councilperson Robert Bennett, Magistrate Paul Keeler,
Councilperson David Jenkins, Councilperson Dominic Scott, and Council
Vice-President Herman Johnson (January 4, 2016)
Above: Councilperson Robert Bennett sworn in by Magistrate Paul
Keeler (January 4, 2016)
Above: Councilperson David Jenkins sworn in by Magistrate Paul
Keeler (January 4, 2016)
Above: Councilperson Dominic Scott sworn in by Magistrate Paul
Keeler (January 4, 2016)
Above: Council Vice President Herman Johnson sworn in by
Magistrate Paul Keeler (January 4, 2016)
Above: Magistrate Paul Keeler, Jr. Councilperson Christian
Orlando, Councilperson Robert Bennett, Councilperson David Jenkins,
Councilperson Dominic Scott, Council President Gerrie Carey, Mayor Patty
Lawler, Councilperson Pat Williams, Council Vice President Herman
Johnson (January 4, 2016)
(Above: Council President Gerrie Carey welcomes Shannon Brown to
the Planning Commission 8/3/16)
Left to right: Mayor Patty Lawler, Summer
Intern Brianna Eagan, Council President Gerrie Carey.
Clarks Summit welcomes college student Brianna Eagan as an intern to
to right: Mayor Patty Lawler, Police Chief Chris
Yarns, Ryan Fenton, Fenton Insurance, and Denny
Corby, Corby Enterprises. Generous donation of
thermal printers from Fenton Insurance and Corby
Enterprises accepted by the Clarks Summit Mayor and
(Pictured above: Mayor Patty Lawler, Ralph Marasco, and Council
President Gerrie Carey)
"Ralph the Barber" was honored as he celebrates his 60 years as a Barber
Shop Owner. Picture taken on May 4, 2016 during the Borough
(Pictured above: Mayor Patty Lawler, Police Officer
Eric Williams, and Council President Gerrie Carey)Clarks Summit Police
Officer Eric Williams was honored for organizing the very successful
Drug Take back Program in the Borough. Picture taken on May 4,
2016 during the Borough Council Meeting.
(Pictured above: Council President Gerrie Carey, Junior
Councilperson Christian Orlando, and Council Vice- President Herman
Johnson) Clarks Summit Borough's Junior Councilperson was honored for
his services as a Junior Council member.
Council President Gerrie
Carey (Term Expires 31 December, 2017)
Councilman Vice-President Herman Johnson (Term
Expires 31 December, 2019)
Councilman Patrick Williams (Term Expires 31 December, 2017)
Councilman Dominic Scott (Term Expires 31
Councilman David Jenkins (Term Expires 31 December
Councilman Vince Cruciani (Term Expires 31
Councilman Robert Bennett (Term Expires 31
TERM OF OFFICE
The term of Office for an elected Councilperson is four (4) years.
Regular Borough Council Meetings are conducted the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. in Borough Council Chambers. Council Public Hearings and Special Meetings are conducted as required. Normally, these meetings are advertised in the Abington Suburban Weekly but may be advertised in the Scranton Times/Tribune.
COUNCIL WORK SESSIONS
Regular Borough Council Work Sessions are conducted the last Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. in Borough Council Chambers. Council Work Sessions are conducted as required.
ROLE OF COUNCIL
Council plays the central role in borough government. Section 1202 of the Borough Code (a State/Commonwealth Law) places general supervision of the affairs of the borough in the hands of council. Councilpersons combine many of the roles found in separate branches or levels of the state and federal governments. Council serves as the legislative body of the borough, setting policy, enacting ordinances and resolutions, adopting budgets and levying taxes. Council may also perform executive functions such as formulating the budgets, enforcing ordinances, approving expenditures and hiring employees. Some boroughs (as in Clarks Summit) hire borough managers, while most boroughs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania use the borough secretary for general administrative purposes.
Because of the councilpersons elected status, an individual in that position is often looked to as a community leader. Certainly councilpersons are the proper recipients of complaints, ideas and suggestions concerning borough affairs. In many cases the councilperson is called upon to perform as a problem solver, acting as an agent for borough citizens with municipal or even outside agencies. The councilperson has a role in representing the borough's communal interests, past, present and future. Although assisted by a planning commission, a paid administrator or historical commission, many of the final decisions must be made by the elected councilperson.
The extent of any one councilperson's activities in these roles will be defined by the individual's own view of civic responsibilities, particular fields of individual interest and personal skills and talents. To a large degree the councilperson's role is also defined by the local political culture, the generalized local attitudes toward municipal government and commonly-held expectations of how elected councilpersons will operate.