Pike County Commissioner Kathy Hummel, appointed in April of 2011 to finish out the seat occupied by Harry Forbes (who took a position with the Governor’s office), sat in on her final County Commissioner’s Meeting today.
Commissioners Caridi and Wagner both agreed that some would think the appointment was simply a “caretaker position.” But she “came on board, hit the ground running . . . she has been an active participant in every discussion,” Commissioner Caridi said.
Before she went to finish up County business after the weekly Commissioners meeting, I got a chance to speak with her for a few moments.
CR: I know it was said you were just basically brought in to fill out (Harry) Forbes term, but I know you liked to get more involved. Was there anything that you can point to in your term that was most rewarding to you?
KH: I was very happy that I could get a dialogue going and attention paid to the need for a new courthouse. I think that was a huge issue for the county. Just for the safety of our judicial system and the people who work there. I was very happy to get that moving forward, and being part of that. We completed the transfer of the Iwego Turnpike. There were many maintenance issues that we (the Commissioners) had to deal with . . . Working with the children and youth, I found that very satisfying.
CR: What is next for you going forward?
KH: I’m not sure. I’d like to stay involved, whether it be on different boards . . whatever. I am on two chamber, I finish my term out with those. The EDA (Economic Development Association) in Pike County and the BDC (Business Development Council), they are both very similar boards. I will certainly stay involved with them and see where it goes from there.
CR: I know it was probably a little bit difficult to insert yourself in with Commissioners Caridi and Wagner, both having served a long time together. How was that and what would you recommend for (incoming) Commissioner (elect) Osterberg?
KH: It was very . . . they were very gracious to include me in everything. And so I learned. And in the end we all got along fine. If we disagreed on anything it was handled very civilly, behind closed doors, and then we could present a united front to the public. They accepted me. They made me part of the team. I felt like I was part of the team. They listened to my input, so I was very grateful for that. And I think (Matt Osterberg should) just keep an open mind and be fair. I think Mr Osterberg will be jjst fine. Its a good staff here between the girls in the office (Jennifer Hughson and Domenica Campanella), Gary Orben – who is the county clerk – who certainly guided me through different things. Everyone worked as a team, and it was appreciated. And I think Pike County is in good hands.
CR: Thank you very much and I appreciate your time. Good luck.
KH: Thank you.
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