We offer a sincere congratulations and wish the best of luck to the newly elected and re-elected officials sworn in recently in Crawford County during the annual government reorganization process.

In a countywide office, political newcomer Eric Henry was elected chairman of the Crawford County commissioners.

He received the most votes for commissioner in November and was elected chairman unanimously by fellow commissioners Francis Weiderspahn Jr. and John Christopher Soff at the board's organizational meeting Monday. The top vote-receiver in the general election traditionally is elected chairman of commissioners.

"I'm looking forward to working with these two gentlemen and do good things with them," Henry said after the meeting.

Also on Monday, Meadville City Council welcomed two new faces as Larry McKnight and Autumn Vogel were sworn in for four-year terms.

During the meeting, McKnight was appointed deputy mayor. Just the second African American to serve on council, McKnight becomes the first African American appointed to the post. The deputy mayor stands in when the mayor is unavailable, wielding the gavel during meetings and signing checks or other documents as needed.

“It’s definitely an honor,” McKnight said of the position. “It means that people are looking at the ability and not the color, and that’s what I like. It says something about Meadville wanting to grow and change.”

Vogel becomes the 10th woman to serve on council, according to the city’s record of council members dating to 1914.

We wish all of our leaders — no matter how big or small the office — best wishes in 2020. 

And we would also strongly encourage residents to attend a meeting this year. We hope citizens interact with their leaders to offer their views on the variety of issues that will be discussed over the next 12 months. The public and boards both benefit from participation.

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