DANVILLE -- A lifelong area resident, Betty Moyer, has been named by Gov. Tom Corbett to represent all of Pennsylvania's boroughs on the commonwealth's Local Government Advisory Committee.
"I'm very, very excited about it and very humbled," Moyer said. "I will do the best job I can for the boroughs."
She will represent 960 boroughs, which contain more than 2.1 million residents and 12,000 elected officials.
She is presently the vice president of the Pennsylvania State Borough's Association, a group she has been with since the late 1980s. She will become president of that group in the spring. She has also been a member of the Danville Borough Council for 26 years.
"I thoroughly enjoy it," she said. "I try to look out for the residents where I can and do the best for them."
She is also a trustee at the Danville State Hospital.
The committee will be headed by Pennsylvania's Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley.
There will be four members on the committee, including representatives from Pennsylvania's League of Cities and Municipalities and organizations representing first-class and second-class townships.
In a letter to Moyer, Corbett said he understands "the many challenges facing local government" and that by working together with the committee, "we can better address these challenges."
Moyer's father was also involved in politics, acting as a state committee man for Montour County "a long time ago," she said. "He's the one who got me involved politically," said Moyer, who used to go to meetings with him.
Moyer became involved in local politics after retiring as a teacher at Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary School. "I knew I wanted to give something back to Danville Borough" after retiring, she said.
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