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Bill Hansell Sworn in as Lehigh County Executive

New Lehigh County Executive's first official act was to present the 2013 budget that includes a tax credit of about $44 for homeowners.

in as Lehigh County Executive on Tuesday and immediately set to work as he delivered the 2013 budget to county commissioners.

The Lower Macungie resident said the $365 million budget will provide a onetime expiring tax credit of about $44 to county homeowners.

Real estate taxes will remain at 11.9 mils, based on valuations prior to Lehigh County’s reassessment, which is expected to be complete at the end of November.

Commissioners will begin hearings on the budget on Sept. 13 and plan to vote on it Oct. 24.

He served as Catasauqua Borough manager, South Whitehall’s first township manager when it became a first-class township in 1966 and later Allentown business administrator. He also led the Pennsylvania League of Cities and spent 20 years in Washington, D.C., as director of the International City/County Management Association.

Britney Haynes August 29, 2012 at 01:56 PM
a doddering old fool who just got a second full boat pension, this clown NEVER ran for elected office, has always been appointed, the county executive should have at a minimum ran for elected office once in his life if he wanted an elected position with full pay and benefits. Keep the $44 credit Willy
Connie hansell August 29, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Bill Hansell never ran for any political post in his local government career of 50 years. He chose to be a professional local government manager. Managers are always appointed to their jobs -- never elected! Bill has superb management experience and has received many commendations for his service to all the communities he has worked in over the years. For your information, Britney, Bill is not participating in the Lehigh County Pension Program. He chose not to! I know the facts, Britney. I suggest you check your facts before making false accusations. I have been married to Bill for 51 years! Connie Hansell
Charles Kimbell August 29, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Not right that he was appointed to an elected position without ever running a campaign to be vetted by the voters, he was afraid to run an election for commissioner when his appointment was up, now he gets to be executive without spending a single dime on a campaign so the people could get to know him
Charles Kimbell August 29, 2012 at 05:35 PM
agreed, no reason a man of his age should be leaving his family to glom off the public, he will accomplish zero except allow the republicans to win the position in a couple years. Hansell ruined South Whitehall back int he 1960's, just another low life government crony glad handier pompous guy with no voter approval
Charles Kimbell August 29, 2012 at 05:36 PM
also destroyed Allentown finances, just look at the city, if he cared so much about the county he would have ran a campaign to retain his appointed seat, the guy wants recognition without doing the work required of public service and getting voter approvals
Charles Kimbell August 29, 2012 at 05:39 PM
"Bill Hansell never ran for any political post in his local government career of 50 years. He chose to be a professional local government manager." HOW SAD IS THAT, WHY NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO SERVE THE PUBLIC WITH TRANSPARENCY THROUGH AN ELECTION PROCESS???!?!
Jeanne Hansell Robertson August 29, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Mr. Kimbell - perhaps you need to take a civics lesson. My father has been a dedicated public servant throughout his esteemed career as a professional city/county manager and later as the Exec Dir of the International City/County Managers Association. He is a trained, professional manager not a professional politician trying to win a popularity contest! There are many necessary and important posts in government that are not elected positions. Lehigh County is lucky to have his knowledge, experience and sound counsel at the helm!
Charles T Herman IV August 29, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Old Codger Willie gets another elected position without ever running an election, I agree with the others commenting here no related to Mr hansell; no one should be appointed to a governmental position without being vetted by voters prior to appointment, Mr hansell is an opportunist without having to do the debates and meeting people door to door to be their representative.
Michael Mike August 29, 2012 at 10:57 PM
from the morning call article ""Bill Hansell keeps landing in jobs no one elected him to, but that doesn't mean he isn't qualified to do them, just that he doesnt want to put in the time to do it the right way and be elected. The new Lehigh County executive is a veteran of local government who vows to depoliticize the office during his short tenure, which will begin with his swearing-in Tuesday.""
Just Sick and Tired August 31, 2012 at 09:34 PM
It really doesn't matter, there is only a hand full of people with any representation in the County and for that matter in Harrisburg. Jaindl and the other major developers pull the strings, and the County, Local and Harrisburg government jump. The rest of us are just here to pick up the tab.
John Godiska October 24, 2012 at 04:56 PM
The present conflict between the commissioners and Mr Hansell is an eazy fix. Just get the names of everybody in the township who wants permanent cuts. Then we can cut their police , fire and rescue personel, let them hire their own teachers and build their own schools.And plow their own roads in the wintertime. It would help if they all moved into the same Community. We will call their community Double L A. That way, if anybody asks where they are from, we can say they are say out in La La land.

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