Bucks County Community College
January 26, 2011 by USA Post
Bucks County Community College, Robert G. Loughery is the 1st commissioner of the upper Bucks County since the 1970s. Bedminster businessman Robert G. Loughery will join the Bucks County Board of Commissioners next week, taking the seat as Lieutenant-Governor James Cawley vacated earlier this month.
Bucks County’s 13 judges appointed on Loughery 41-year appointment on Tuesday, making him the first commissioner of the Bucks County over 35 years.
“I’m certainly very honored, very honored that they chose me,” said Loughery Tuesday afternoon.
Her selection does not seem to surprise those who kept an eye on the process. Loughery was the top vote getter when the Bucks County Republican Executive Committee presents eight potential candidates Jan. 13.
“People really, really wanted him,” said Pat Poprik, vice-chair of the GOP. “He is a young, bright, articulate which will be a great commissioner. I think it will bring new ideas.”
Republicans last week forwarded the name Loughery, as well as two other major vote getters – Buckingham forest supervisor and Lower Southampton Jon Tax Collector Jennifer L. Yori – to judges for review. A few candidates not endorsed submitted resumes to the county as well.
The judges, who received the VC last week, met behind closed doors for 45 minutes Tuesday afternoon to discuss the candidates’ qualifications. They voted by paper ballot anonymously.
President Judge Susan D. Scott declined to say how many judges voted for Loughery. She did not discuss this game outside the Loughery other candidates. The judges took the criticism, especially from the minority Commissioner Diane Marseglia, when they chose not to allow the public to attend the vote.
More recently, co-founded Loughery Doylestown Keystone Redevelopment Group LLC, which transformed a former Rohm and Haas site in Bristol Township in the new Business Centre Bridge. It houses “Bucks County Community College”green jobs Academy, which trains people to work in the field of alternative energy.
Loughery said he plans to “step back from the daily responsibilities of making a work of public management.” It started Tuesday afternoon, saying he planned to speak with Martin and Marseglia.
“I am reaching out to both establish a relationship,” he said. “I’m looking forward to meeting (Marseglia) and developing working relationships with two of them. I am eager to start digging in my questions and lending experience and expertise to them. ”
Loughery lives in Bedminster with his wife, Kathy, and three daughters. His appointment marks the first time, a resident of Upper Bucks County has served as commissioner from Denver Lindley. The resident Tinicum term expired in January 1976. Lindley died Dec. 30.
Martin said he has known for 20 years Loughery.
“I think the judges made a wise choice,” he said. “I think he has the knowledge and the right temperament for the role of a commissioner very well. He is familiar with the county and has experience in economic development issues and understanding of political issues. + I think he will follow in Jim Cawley and Mike Fitzpatrick mold. ”
Forest and Yori, who were competing for the seat Loughery Cawley, praised him Tuesday.
“The judges made an excellent decision,” said Forest. “All three candidates have made a great commissioner. I will work my butt off to make sure he gets (elected for a full term). Buckingham is behind him 120 percent. “
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