Mayor attends last board meeting
Whitehall Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. bid farewell to the township he has served over the past 10 years during the Feb. 12 meeting of the board of commissioners. He moves on to be the second in command at the county level, serving with Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong, who had served as president of Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners.
In his final remarks, Hozza noted Deputy Mayor Jack Meyers will assume duties as acting mayor. The commissioners have 45 days to appoint a new mayor.
Hozza thanked each of the members of the township departments for their service over the past 10 years. He ran through the gauntlet of people who served the township during his tenure.
“There have been 15 board members, three treasurers and 116 full-time employees during my 10 years as mayor,” he said.
Hozza praised the volunteers, whom he said are important in keeping the township running efficiently.
The mayor added a special thank you to his assistant, Pat Sweeney. Hozza said he considered her an integral part of his success and praised her additional efforts that were above and beyond the mayor’s expectations.
Sweeney is retiring Feb. 28, and this was her last meeting.
The mayor thanked his wife, Denise, and his children for their support and understanding.
As he looked back on this journey and begins a new venture, he said he wants his legacy to be: Did I make this a better place? Did I work at the highest ethical standards? Did I make lifetime friends?
While Hozza is leaving, the township continues its work. Commissioners appointed Jeff Warren to fill the vacancy on the board that occurred when Armstrong was elected county executive. Warren has been active in the community and up to date on the items before the board. He attended the meeting and his swearing-in ceremony with his wife and family.
Hozza presented two new police officers with their badges.
“These are the 17th and 18th hires I made over the past 10 years,” he said. “I am confident they will serve with excellence and integrity.”
The two officers are Michael Jordan and John Bowlby, who have served with Colonial Regional and Lower Saucon police departments. Both have completed all their physical and mandatory training requirements. The officers are on familiarization training and tours with other officers.
An attempted burglary complaint by Hokendauqua resident Loriann Fehnel emphasized the need to keep the policing community oriented.