Larry E. Funk running for top post in Franklin County

April 06, 2011
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MERCERSBURG, Pa. — Larry E. Funk is seeking the Republican nomination for Franklin County commissioner in the May primary.

Funk, who is vice president of the Tuscarora School Board, said he is running for commissioner because he thinks the current commissioners are disconnected from the public and routinely refuse to correct basic deficiencies.

"The Franklin County Commission needs invigorated leadership that respects the public. First, commissioners' meetings are held during the day. How is the working person to attend commissioners' meetings? Second, the commissioners are representing the employees, not the public," he said in a news release.

"Finally, the commissioners should be setting the fiscal example by freezing their own pay. How can you ask others to step up to the plate and forego raises when the leaders don't? The taxpayers can expect me to tackle each one of those issues."

Funk is vice president of the Franklin County Career and Technology Center board of directors, and vice president of Citizens for Responsible Government. He also serves on the Franklin County Wage Tax Board. Funk is a Republican committeeman in Peters Township and treasurer of the Franklin County Republican Committee.

Funk is a member of American Legion Post 606 in Fort Loudon, Pa., a life member of VFW Post 6241 in Mercersburg and the Ben Franklin Society. He also is the finance officer and treasurer of Post 606 and serves on its board of directors.

Funk, a Franklin County native, served in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years and retired from the military in 2001. He is currently employed by Kaplan University as a mathematics instructor.

Funk's last military assignment was at the Pentagon, where he was the aircraft maintenance career field manager. In this position, he managed the use, career development and training programs for 34 aircraft maintenance career fields comprising about 140,000 people.

His awards and medals include two selections as supervisor/manager of the year, distinguished graduate from three military leadership schools, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Air Force Commendation Medals, and eight Air Force Good Conduct Medals. He was also selected as Teacher of the Year at Hagerstown Business College, according to his news release.

Funk said he has a master's degree in management from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, a bachelor's degree in electronics from Chapman University in Orange, Calif., and two associate degrees.

A 1970 graduate of James Buchanan High School, he joined the Air Force in 1971. He and his wife, Marlene (Yeakle) Funk, live on Hager Road, Greencastle.

They have two sons and two granddaughters.

The primary election is May 17. Commissioners are paid $70,000 a year.

Also seeking the Republican nomination are incumbents Robert L. Thomas and David S. Keller, and newcomer Dan Pellicano. Democratic candidates are Gary E. Gontz and incumbent Bob Ziobrowski.

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