Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities to Award Scranton Mayor Christopher...

Mon Jun 23, 2008 6:16pm EDT

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Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities to Award Scranton Mayor
Christopher Doherty for Distinguished Community Service

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania League of
Cities and Municipalities (PLCM) is pleased to have the opportunity to present
an award for distinguished community service to Scranton Mayor Christopher
Doherty.  The presentation will take place during the organization's 109th
Annual Convention in Gettysburg, at an awards ceremony held in conjunction
with the General Session Luncheon on Thursday, June 26, at 11:30 a.m., in
Salons C & D of the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel in Gettysburg.

The League board of directors presents the Distinguished Service Award
annually to an outstanding and devoted individual.  This year, the PLCM board
officers and members are recognizing PLCM Past President, Mayor Chris Doherty,
for his exemplary community service.  Mayor Doherty has presided over the most
dramatic transformation in Scranton's history.  Elected in 2001, after 4 years
on City Council, and chairing its Finance Committee, Chris has actively
demonstrated his commitment to the betterment of his community and to local
government in Pennsylvania. A native of Scranton, he is a partner in a company
founded by his father, who was a four-term member of City Council. As the
father of six children, he has long been active in Scranton's community
programs, whether on Boards or as a coach. Mayor Doherty was honored to be
recognized by the Governor this year, when he received this year's Local
Government Award for Excellence in Leadership. The Governor's Conference on
Tourism also inducted Mayor Doherty into its Keystone Society for Tourism this
year. 

"Mayor Chris Doherty is truly deserving of this prestigious award which
recognizes his dedication to the principles of good government embodied by the
League," said PLCM Executive Director John A. Garner, Jr.  "As the mayor of
Scranton, a PLCM board member, and League president in 2006-2007, who has been
highly involved in all aspects of League initiatives across the state, at the
Capitol, and in Washington, Chris has actively demonstrated his commitment to
the betterment of his community and to local government in Pennsylvania.  It
is an honor to recognize Mayor Chris Doherty with the League's Distinguished
Service Award.

The three-day PLCM convention - being held at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel in
Gettysburg - will host elected and appointed municipal officials from across
the Commonwealth.  The convention agenda offers a variety of accredited
sessions under PLCM's Elected Officials Leadership Training Program, the
Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Management's Professional Development
Program, and the Risk Management Certificate Program, which will focus on this
year's convention theme.  In addition to being the leading advocate for
Pennsylvania's urban areas, the League is a State Certified Municipal Training
Organization dedicated to providing the ongoing educational needs of elected
and appointed local government officials in Pennsylvania. 

The Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities is a nonprofit,
nonpartisan organization established in 1900 as an advocate for Pennsylvania's
3rd class cities. Today, PLCM represents Pennsylvania's cities, townships,
towns, boroughs, and home rule communities that all share the League's
municipal policy interests.  The Board of Directors oversees the
administration of a wide array of municipal services including legislative
advocacy (on both the state and federal levels), publications designed to
educate and inform, inquiry and research, education and training certification
programs, consulting-based programs, and group insurance trusts.






SOURCE  Pennsylvania League of Cities

Deborah L. Bitting, PLCM Communications and Publications Editor, PLCM office
at +1-717-236-9469 until June 23, or PLCM Registration Desk, +1-717-339-0020,
ext. 6060, or cell phone, +1-717-877-2191 - June 24-27
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