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Bedford Commissioner Resigns

Steve Howsare leaving for a new job.
BEDFORD - There was a surprise resignation in Bedford County today.   Commissioner Steve Howsare announced he is leaving County Government at the start of February.

The sudden announcement caught a number of Bedford County employees off guard. Steve Howsare has been a member of the Bedford County Board of Commissioners since 2004.   During this morning's meeting of the Commissioners in the Bedford County Courthouse,   Howsare read a two page letter announcing his intention to step down from the Board effective February Second.
        
Howsare has accepted an offer to become the next Executive Director of the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission.
That organization has been set up to encourage economic development is a six county region that includes Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset Counties.  Howsare says he is pleased with what he has accomplished during his time as a commissioner but it is time to move on.
        
"Well to be honest with you,   I'm very happy with being Commissioner,   I have always enjoyed the job, but it was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up." 

According to the Bedford County Code, it will be up to President Judge Thomas Ling to select the replacement Commissioner after Howsare's resignation becomes effective February first. The only stipulations are that the candidate has to be from the same political party as the Commissioner being replaced, a Republican  in this case, and have been a resident of Bedford County for at least a year.
     
That new commissioner will serve until the current term ends which is now twenty three months away.
      

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