New officers at North Central

A nominating committee on Wednesday morning appointed Potter County Commissioner Douglas Morley as chairman of the executive committee of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC].Morley has served as chairman of Potter County's Board of Commissioners since he was seated in January 2008 and was successfully elected in November 2011 for a second term.He has been an Allegany Township resident for the past 34 years, was a graduate of Northern Potter High School and attended Williamsport Area Community College.Having resided in Potter County all his life, the two-term commissioner previously worked at the Pure Carbon plant in Coudersport and also owned a small family restaurant before beginning a career in the banking industry that spanned two decades.Morley replaces Joe DeMott, one of three commissioners in McKean County."I appreciate Joe [DeMott] on what was an arduous year and a lot of the things that happened under [DeMott's] leadership allowed more board members to participate with structural dialogue, and I give him a lot of credit for that," said Eric Bridges, executive director at North Central. "[DeMott] recognized a lot of talent in the room and the opportunity that we have with this talent to be involved with many things. There are a lot of things under his leadership that we were able to put into play and I feel confident about our ability to comply with those things. "[DeMott] has been accessible to me and I appreciate his guidance, availability and support. I know he'll continue to be an asset to us."The nominating committee also discussed the impending retirement of Carole Harshbarger, who serves as secretary and treasurer for the executive board."Carole Harshbarger has performed the duties of secretary and treasurer for a number of years and we thank her for all the many years she has given us," said Mark McCracken, a Clearfield County commissioner and chairman of the nominating committee. "Carole has made it very clear for a couple of years that she was looking to back away from this for many years and she is not seeking reappointment. [Harshbarger] has agreed for a couple of years to stay but she is definitely moving on."Board members during the 11 a.m. full board meeting gave Harshbarger a lengthy round of applause as many expressed their gratitude for her tenure."It's been my pleasure to serve for North Central for as many years as I have," Harshbarger said. "It's been very enlightening and I was happy to be able to keep up with all the activities occurring within our area. I'm happy to have been able to do this."Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg nominated fellow commissioner June H. Sorg for the secretary/treasurer position and she accepted.Next meeting:NCPRPDC executive committeeWhen: Wednesday, Feb. 22Where: North Central offices, 651 Montmorenci Rd., RidgwayTime: 9:30 a.m.Pick up a copy of the Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.