The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 15, 2014

Snyder chief in running for chamber boss

Kantz wants both jobs until 2015

SELINSGROVE — Joe Kantz, Republican chairman of the Snyder County board of commissioners, has confirmed that he’s a candidate for president and CEO of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Kantz said he was recruited to apply for the job and, if chosen, would like to simultaneously serve as county commissioner until his elected term expires at the end of 2015.

“That’s something that everybody involved would have to discuss, but I think I could handle it,” he said of holding both positions.

Kantz, who is serving a second, four-year term on the county board and is paid $53,190 a year, said he enjoys, and isn’t looking to leave, his elected position.

“I’m just researching opportunities because someone asked me,” he said. “If that’s where God wants me to be, I’ll be happy to serve.”

Interim chamber President Jim Barbarich said the search committee received 25 resumes, including one from a Chicago lawyer, and narrowed the candidates to five local residents. The position has been vacant since Charlie Ross resigned in June.

Finalists will be contacted beginning next week for interviews.

“We know exactly what we’re looking for,” said Barbarich, a member of the search committee.

Declining to speak specifically about Kantz, he added: “We’re looking for a full-time president. We don’t see how someone could give a part-time effort to this job and we would not consider someone who would only give us part time.”

Kantz said he’s accustomed to working long hours.

“It makes sense for someone, like myself, who has the skills and experience that I have to be interested,” he said. “My background is in sales and I’ve been selling the Susquehanna Valley my whole life. I’m passionate about the area and making sure there are family-sustaining jobs here.”

He said he’s remained in contact with a Connecticut gun manufacturer he approached last summer with a proposal to relocate to Snyder County after reading reports the company was threatening to leave the New England state to avoid stricter gun laws.


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