FRANK LINN, SR., President of the Board
800 Spring Garden Drive, Middletown, PA 17057
Term Expires 1/16
Frank Linn, President of the Board, has resided in Lower Swatara Township for thirty-four years.
He graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 1960, and completed Pennsylvania State Police Training Courses conducted for local police.
President Linn has served over thirty-three years as a Township Commissioner, and is Chairman of the Personnel Committee, a member of the Budget and Finance Committee, and liaison to both the Lower Swatara Township Municipal Authority and the PSU-Harrisburg Advisory Board. In addition, he serves as a Life Member of the Lower Swatara Volunteer Fire Department.
A retired employee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Frank was a Specialist in Intergovernmental Affairs to the Speaker of the House, John M. Perzel. He is extremely community-oriented, and is President of the Middletown Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, a Charter Member of the Lower Swatara Lions Club, a member of the State Association of Township Commissioners to which he was elected State President during 1978-79, a member of the Central Association of Township Commissioners, and a member of the Pennsylvania Magazine of Local Governments. In addition, he was appointed by Governor Ridge to serve on the Census 2000 Advisory Panel. Frank has received numerous awards over the years for his dedication to local government. In 1999 and 2000, he was presented the Excellence in Local Government Award by Governor Tom Ridge for his outstanding service to local government. Frank was also selected Commissioner of the Year by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners in both 1988 and 1997. One of Frank's greatest honors was bestowed in 2003, when the State House and Senate named an interchange in his honor -- the Franklin D. Linn Interchange, which is located at Route 283 and North Union Street. In 2009, he was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Municipal Police Officersí Education and Training Commission. Frank also volunteers as a driver/deliverer for the Township's "Meals-on-Wheels" Program.
Frank and his recently deceased wife Paulette have three children: Frank Jr., Stephanie, and Tammy, and four grandchildren: Abby, Nick, Morgan, and Alex. His interests include spending time with his family, volunteering for various organizations and community-service groups, and last but not least, playing his well known role as "Santa".
When asked about his duties as Commissioner, President Linn stated, "I am quite honored to serve as President of the Board. I take my position seriously. When a constituent approaches me with a problem, I always try to put myself in their position. I feel it is important to always look at all sides of an issue before making a decision. I love Lower Swatara Township and serving on the Board. Iím also very proud to have had a part in the way this Township has developed. One of my goals is to continue to increase the tax base for the Township and the School District. One way to achieve this is by encouraging business and retail development within the Township, thereby growing the tax base but putting less demand on the School District."