Plummer running for commissioner again

December 26, 2002

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County Commissioner Cheryl S. Plummer has announced she will seek re-election to the Board of Commissioners on the Democratic ticket.

Plummer said she is "proud to serve the needs of our citizens and eager to continue addressing the positive challenges facing our county."

Plummer was appointed in January 1994 to fill the unexpired term of the late Dennis Zeger, and she ran successfully for her first full term in 1995 and again in 1999.

Her goals have included increasing the efficiency of county government, improving human services and strengthening the support for the criminal justice system.


She cites several accomplishments during her tenure, such as increased services to senior citizens through new and expanded senior centers, the addition of prevention and early intervention programs for at-risk youth, and the addition of support services for battered women.

"I believe that we have made progress towards those goals but there is much more work to be done," Plummer said.

In her next term, Plummer would like to continue to seek efficiency in county government.

However, Plummer said the greatest challenge the Board of Commissioners faces is "balancing the industrial growth we are experiencing with the desire we all have to maintain the rural nature and wide-open spaces that make Franklin County the best place to live."

Plummer is a 1967 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School and a 1970 graduate of Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of the Penn State Alumni Association, St. John's United Church of Christ, the Human Services Committee of the County Commissioners Association and the Franklin County Library Board.

She is the 1990 recipient of the Athena Award, presented by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce for commitment to profession, community and the advancement of women. She also received the John F. Benchoff Award for Excellence in Service to the Penn State Mont Alto campus for her work as chair of its Advisory Board from 1996-98.

Plummer is married to Kenneth H. Plummer Jr. They have one son, Christopher, a graduate of Lebanon Valley College.

Plummer and the entire three-person Board of Commissioners is up for re-election next year. Their four-year terms end Dec. 31, 2003. Commissioners are scheduled to make an annual salary of $55,303 in 2003.

Commissioners G. Warren Elliott and Robert Thomas have also announced their intent to seek new terms.

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