LEWISTOWN - Longtime Mifflin County resident Jim Fosselman has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Mifflin County Commissioner in the upcoming May primary, according to a press release issued Tuesday by Fosselman.
"After receiving an outpouring of support and suggestions that I seek this position from many Mifflin County residents I have decided to do such," Fosselman said in the release. "Having lived my entire life in our county and raising a family here, it would be a honor to serve the people of Mifflin County."
Fosselman said in the release he has provided financial and information technology consulting for a number of municipalities, authorities and other governmental entities throughout Pennsylvania for more than 40 years. He is a graduate of Chief Logan High School and The Pennsylvania State University, earning a degree in accounting and a minor in information technology.
Fosselman also said in the release he has personally implemented the county's development, programming installation and training for the first computerized systems. The release states the systems included real estate and per capita record keeping for the Assessment Office and complete fund accounting reporting. Cash receipts, accounts payable, payroll, budgetary preparation and budget reporting were included among the reports, the release indicates.
The release states he was also responsible for updating the system to a new nationwide fund accounting company, which included installation, setup of all required procedures as well as training and providing ongoing support. He also implemented the delinquent real estate tax collection system, democratic relations office collection and payment system, voters registration system, computerized election tally system, which was used to tabulate votes as precincts reported to the courthouse, and a jury selection system that randomly selects potential jury members from the per capita assessment files, the release indicates.
"If elected, it is my feeling the position of county commissioner should be a full-time job, all services contracts should be evaluated and comparative quotes be received before renewing, and the county annex building should be marketed for use by other government or existing county offices presently being leased elsewhere," Fosselman said. "It will be a humble honor to be a dedicated commissioner and give back to the county that has been my home since birth."
The May primary will be held May 17.