Keohane Takes Oath as New Township Commissioner

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – William J. “Bill” Keohane, whose family has lived in Lower Pottsgrove for more than 20 years and who previously served on the township Parks and Recreation Board and Planning Commission, was installed Tuesday night (Sept. 6, 2022) as the newest member of the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners (above). He succeeds long-time member and former board President Bruce Foltz, who moved out of the township.

Keohane was the board’s choice from among applicants for the vacancy created by Foltz’s departure, according to township Manager Ed Wagner. The board successfully filled the position within a required 30-day period, rather than have a judge make the appointment. Keohane’s wife of 37 years, Gerilyn, held the Bible on which he laid his right hand as Magisterial District Justice Edward C. Kropp Sr. administered his oath of office (at top and below).

Board members had earlier nominated and unanimously voted for Keohane as their selection. Later during their meeting in the township municipal building on Buchert Road, they also unanimously accepted his resignation from the planning commission. That vacancy must now be filled.

Keohane Takes Oath as New Township Commissioner

Commissioners, during their end of meeting comments, thanked Keohane for again volunteering to serve the township in a different capacity, and said his input would be valuable. Keohane similarly thanked the sitting board, but also said he appreciated the leadership, accomplishments, and dedication Foltz had offered over several decades.

Keohane works as director of process development at the Superior Tube Company division of Ametek in Collegeville, where he’s been employed for 38 years. He served on the Parks and Recreation Board from 2010 to 2019, and became the township’s representative to the Pottstown Area Regional Recreation Committee in 2016. Commissioners nominated him to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission in 2019, and re-appointed him in January 2021.

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