Senator Dinniman (left) recognizes William and Jane Finnen for their decades of service to Penn Township.

WEST CHESTER (February 18) – State Senator Andy Dinniman congratulated Penn’s William Finnen last week for a lifetime of service to Penn Township at where else but a board of supervisors meeting.

Surrounded by friends and colleagues, Finnen, 84, received a citation from Sen. Dinniman for being a “shining example of community spirit whose many contributions are worthy of deep gratitude and respect.”

Finnen first began serving Penn Township in an official capacity in 1960 when he took the role of secretary/treasurer. In addition, Finnen was elected a township supervisor in 1980 and he and his wife, Jane, hosted township meetings in their basement until 1983.

In 1983, meetings were moved to the Penn Township Building and Finnen became township secretary, a position he holds to this day along with his secretarial work.

“Any definition of a full and productive life must include service to others,” Dinniman said in his citation to Finnen. “Through his many initiatives to benefit his community and by his personal example, Mr. Finnen clearly reflects the true spirit and mission of this Commonwealth.”

Finnen has watched Penn Township grow from strictly a farming community of less than 1,000 people to one with more than 5,000 residents today.

Dinniman and others credit Finnen for guiding Penn Township through this period of growth and success and by doing so in a way that put his constituents first.

 

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