Harnish steps down in Clay Township

By on December 18, 2013

Justin Harnish

Justin Harnish

For the first time since 2003, Justin Harnish will no longer serve in government for Clay Township residents.

Harnish last week informed the Clay Township Board of Supervisors of his intention to step down at the end of the year.

He will also resign effective Dec. 31 from the Ephrata Area Joint Authority board on which he has served for nine years.

“I have considered it an honor and privilege to serve in these capacities,” Harnish said. “It has been at times challenging and demanding, and yet truly rewarding and fulfilling.”

Bruce Leisey, Clay Township manager, said the board must appoint a replacement supervisor for the two years remaining on Harnish’s term that concludes Dec. 31, 2015.

Anyone wishing to serve on the board should send a resume and letter of interest to Leisey’s attention at the township office at 870 Durlach Road, Stevens, PA. 17578.

Harnish cited a growing family as the determining factor to step down.

“When I first ran for supervisor, my wife and I were expecting our second child,” he said. We now have seven young children.”

Harnish said the greater demands for his time have finally become too difficult to juggle efficiently without “sacrificing this precious time in the life of my young family.”

“Over the past few months, I have come to the realization that I do not have enough hours in the day to serve Clay Township with the attention that these roles deserve,” he said.

In a letter to the board, Harnish wished his former colleagues well and thanked them for the opportunity to work with them.

“I have no doubt that I leave things in good hands,” he wrote. “To my fellow board members, I wish you nothing but the best. Clay Township is truly a wonderful place to live and work.”

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