|Address||142 Bordnersville Road Union Township|
Jonestown, Pennsylvania 17038, United States
|| October 31, 1945
|Last Modifed||Christie-Toomey '16|
May 02, 2006 08:17pm
|Info||Lebanon County Commissioner 1984-2004 |
Unsuccessful candidate for PA House of Representatives, 101st District (1992)
I was born on October 31, 1945, in Lebanon, PA, and raised in South Lebanon Township, where I spent the first eighteen years of my life. My father was Marlin H. Dohner, a self—employed cement contractor and builder, and my mother was Rose Perlaki Dohner, a self-employed beautician. I had one brother, Dennis, who was three years younger than me. Both my parents and my brother are deceased.
In 1963 I graduated from South Lebanon High School where I studied the college preparatory course. I ranked fifth in my class academically. Following graduation, I enrolled in Thompson Institute of Harrisburg where I pursued the legal secretarial curriculum. From 1981 to 1983 I completed several courses in management through Lebanon Valley College.
On April 12, 1969, I was married to Leonard Gene Swanger following his honorable discharge from the Army. During his career Lenny has worked for the Bethlehem Steel Corp.; HARSCO, a division of Taylor—Wharton; and ALCOA of Lebanon. We have one daughter, Jodi Lynne Scribner of Philadelphia, a graduate of Shippensburg University with a degree in Social Welfare. Our grandson, Patrick Jordan Scribner, is thirteen years old.
We are long-time members of Hebron United Methodist Church. Although Lenny and I are both retired, we own a small home business, Quality Pin Service, a bowling pin refinishing company, which my husband operates.
On March 2, 1966, I was hired by the City of Lebanon as a clerk in the office of Mayor John L. Worrilow. I was promot-ed to Assistant City Clerk in 1972 and again to City Clerk in 1974. In 1978 I was also given the responsibility of overseeing personnel, and my job title became City Clerk—Personnel Officer.
It was 1983 when both incumbent/Lebanon County Commissioners announced they would not seek re-election. I entered the race with nine other Republicans in an open primary and emerged as high vote getter. I was also high vote getter in the general election. In January 1984 I took office as County Commissioner and served until January 2004. During my tenure as Commissioner I voted to increase county property taxes only three times in twenty years.
Currently I serve on the boards of the Southcentral Assembly for Effective Governance (the Assembly) and PROBE (Potential Re-entry Opportunities through Business and Education). I am also a senior member of Kiwanis of Lebanon and continue to serve as a volunteer for United Way. Each year I raise money and take part in the Heartwalk of the American Heart Association. I am currently completing my second year as Leader of TOPS PA #1245, North Lebanon. My personal interests include reading, physical fitness, and my pets, two mutts and a cat.