SANATOGA PA – As the first item of business Thursday (June 5, 2014), Lower Pottsgrove’s Board of Commissioners unanimously selected Sanatoga insurance executive James “Jim” W. Vlahos Jr. as its fifth board member. He succeeds, and fills the unexpired term of, Jonathan Spadt, who resigned in May.
Magistrate Edward Kropp Sr. administered the oath of office to Vlahos, who immediately took his seat at the conference table in the municipal building on Buchert Road. His new colleagues congratulated him, thanked him for his willingness to serve the public, and continued with the rest of the meeting.
Vlahos is no stranger to municipal government; he is a former member of Pottstown Borough Council who represented the borough’s Seventh Ward.
Vlahos is president of Sanatoga-based Vlahos-Dunn Insurance, 1867 E. High St., and has been involved in insurance sales for more than 30 years. He also is president of Sunnyville Partners, a real estate development partnership that built two professional office buildings in the Sanatoga Village Business District.
A U.S. Air Force veteran, Vlahos is a past recipient of the New Hanover (PA) Township Distinguished Service Commendation, and the Boyertown (PA) YMCA Leadership and Dedication Award. He also was instrumental in organizing the Pottstown Metropolitan Regional Planning Commission, of which Lower Pottsgrove is a member.
During 2008 Vlahos, a graduate of the Class of 1985 at Montgomery County Community College, was inducted into its Alumni Hall of Fame.
To accommodate his rise to a commissioners’ chair, the board later Thursday also accepted Vlahos’ resignation from a short-lived assignment as a member of the township Zoning Hearing Board. It can be expected to fill that vacancy at a later date.
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