By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item
— HARRISBURG -- Central Keystone Council of Governments in Union County was among eight local government officials and 12 communities in Pennsylvania recognized Tuesday with the 17th annual Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence, presented by Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley at the state Capitol in Harrisburg.
Central Keystone COG’s role in facilitating the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department brought the honor, according to a press release. Among its contributions were clerical support, with direction and guidance.
In 2011, the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department formed from the Lewisburg and East Buffalo Township police departments. The new police agency, which turned a year old in February, has itself been honored by the state for a successful merger and launch.
Based in Lewisburg, Central Keystone COG is an organization of municipalities pooling resources to administer services more efficiently for residents, providing services that would otherwise not be practical economically.
The Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence are presented annually to communities and individuals by the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services, an office within the Department of Community and Economic Development that works to assist Pennsylvania’s 2,562 local governments. A panel of judges reviewed applications that municipal organizations and officials submitted.