After more than two decades in office, South Middleton Township Supervisor Tom Faley said he will not seek re-election for his seat in the 2019 election.
Faley said he will be 80 at the time of the next swearing-in ceremony in 2020 and 86 by the time a next term would end. He added, however, that people have always been his passion, whether that was when he was serving for 30 years in the Army or 20 years as an adjunct psychology professor at HACC.
“I am so grateful to the township residents for permitting me to serve in this office for such a long time,” Faley said Tuesday.
Faley, a Republican, was only two to three years out of the military when he decided to run for a seat on the board of township supervisors.
“In 1995, when I read in The Sentinel about a vacancy on the South Middleton Township board of supervisors, I decided to run and conducted a personal door-to-door campaign, covering about 2,000 houses,” he said.
“It was a distinct honor to be elected, and serving for 23 years was a wonderful experience.
“Initially, I knew very little about township municipal matters, but I learned as the time went on,” he said. “It was a learning experience.”
Faley on Monday night was reappointed as vice chairman of the board. His term, as well as the term for supervisor Ron Hamilton, expires at the end of the year.