Pike County Commissioner Harry Forbes, 62, announced he has been appointed Northeast Regional Director by the new governor, a $30,000 jump in salary from his 15 year tenure as a commissioner serving the people of Pike County.


Pike County Commissioner Harry Forbes, 62, announced he has been appointed Northeast Regional Director by the new governor, a $30,000 jump in salary from his 15 year tenure as a commissioner serving the people of Pike County.
In a moving statement, Forbes read that “I am humbled and honored to have been selected by Governor Corbett to fill he position of Northeast Regional Director.”
He continued to list of the accomplishments that have occurred during his term as commissioner, noting that serving in that capacity “is not an easy job.”
“Our 911 communication system is state of the art and stands ahead of much larger counties” referring to the new EMS Building which will be completed in September.
“Our jail and its staff have ben leaders in the industry with the last five years having 100 per cent compliance by DOC and the federal ICE inspection,” he read.
“Our plannng department has worked on our open space initiatives and the county conservation department has been a leader in reviewing plans for DEP,” he continued.
“The first senior center here has been built with the help of Linda Peifer,” he added also noting that the transportation network in Pike County has been more fully developed.
In addition, the Hotel Tax Board continues to work towards developing tourism and sites to attract visitors to Pike County.
Forbes last day was Friday, Feb. 25 and he began his new job which is based in Scranton on Monday, Feb. 28. He is one of four regional directors appointed at a salary of $90,000 per year who will serve as liasons for the Governor and his senior staff. They also serve local officials and citizens by assuring that the Governor’s administration is aware of local needs and concerns.
Prior to Forbes serving as county commissioner, he was a Milford Township Supervisor from 1992 to 1995. Forbes service to his country includes being a U.S. Marine combat veteran in Vietnam from 1965 to 1969.
He is married with two grown children and intends to remain living locally in Milford.
Both Commissioners Richard Caridi and Karl Wagner commented on the new appointment of their fellow commissioner and friend. Wagner said, “It is good to see someone from Pike County there. I am sure Harry will help Pike County.” Caridi said, “As a team we have put together the best of Pike County. We appreciate the many years of service that Harry has brought to the county.”