Center for Excellence in Local Government

Helping local government leaders meet the changing needs of their communities.

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To maintain and enhance the quality of life in Berks County by assisting municipal leaders in meeting the changing needs of their communities.

Vision Statement

The Center will be recognized as the premier municipal leadership development organization in Berks County as a result of its unique public/private/academic partnership. Local officials will be inspired to anticipate, plan, and prepare for community change through the Center’s assistance in:

  • learning best practices, legislative authority, and skills for more effectively fulfilling their public responsibilities;
  • working cooperatively with other communities and the private sector; and
  • enhancing citizens’ understanding of local government organization and operation

The Center for Excellence in Local Government was established by Albright College in September, 1994, and is a unique partnership among the academic, public, and private sectors of the community. Oversight of the Center is provided by the Community Advisory Board which is comprised of representatives from all three sectors. Program guidance is provided by the Local Government Advisory Council which consists of approximately 20 local officials. Financial support is provided by Albright College, municipal sponsors, and sponsors from the private sector.

Photo of Paul JanssenPaul Janssen, Director, has served as Director of the Center for Excellence in Local Government since August, 2012. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Bloomsburg University and a Masters in Public Administration from The American University. Prior to coming to the Center, Paul was a Township or City Manager for over 25 years in four municipalities in Pennsylvania. Paul also was a consultant to local government and non-profits over the past six years including a 30 month commitment as an interim Borough Manager. Additionally, Paul has served as the Coordinator for the Consortium of Communities for Montgomery and Chester County.

Photo of Andrea Weist

Andrea Weist has been the Center’s Administrative Assistant since December, 2009. She is responsible for all program promotion and registrations; communication with the Berks County Cooperative Purchasing Council, Berks Municipal Partnership and the Local Government Advisory Council, as well as many other administrative matters.

Andrea is married with three daughters and resides in Muhlenberg Township.

Photo of John KramerJohn Kramer, is Director Emeritus of the Albright College Center for Excellence in Local Government. He founded the Center in September, 1994 and served as its Director until his retirement in August, 2012. John holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Drexel University, and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. Prior to coming to the Center, John held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Cornell Cooperative Extension, Syracuse, New York, was a senior planner for the Montgomery County (PA) Planning Commission, and served as supervisor of playgrounds and community centers for the City of Reading.

Berks County Representative

Mr. Kevin S. Barnhardt, Chairman, Community Advisory Board
Commissioner, County of Berks
633 Court Street
Reading, PA 19601

Authority Representative

Mr. Leonard Bilger, II
Chairman, Berks County Water and Sewer Association, Executive Director, Western Berks Water Authority
91 Water Road
Sinking Spring, PA 19608

Judicial Representative

The Honorable Judge James M. Lillis
Berks County Court of Common Pleas
633 Court Street
Reading, PA 19601

City of Reading Representative

The Honorable Wally Scott
Mayor, City of Reading
815 Washington Street
Reading, PA 19601

Borough Representative

John Woodward
Council Member, Wyomissing Borough, President, Berks County Borough’s Assoc,.
22 Reading Blvd,
Wyomissing, PA  19610

First Class Township Representative

Mr. Michael Malinowski
Chair of the Board of Commissioners, Muhlenberg Township, Premier Sponsor, EHD
210 George Street
Reading, PA 19605

Second Class Township Representative

Mark Stitzel
President, Berks County Association of Township Officials, Supervisor, Perry Township
608 Moselem Springs Road
Shoemakersville, PA 19555

Berks County Cooperative Purchasing Council (BCCPC)

Rich Sichler
Chairman BCCPC, Manager, Washington Township
120 Barto Road
Barto, PA 19504

Past Chairpersons

Mr. Terrence Naugle
Great Valley Consultants
75 Commerce Drive,
Wyomissing, PA 19610

Chairman, CELG Berks Municipal Partnership

Mr. Frederick C. Levering
2213 Quarry Drive
West Lawn, PA 19609

CELG Premier Sponsors

Mr. Glenn Kraft, President
Kraft Code Services,
34 East Lancaster Avenue
Shillington, PA 19607

Mr. Brian Kelly, President
Spotts Stevens McCoy
1047 North Park Road
Reading, PA 19610

Mr. Daniel P. Becker, Esq.
Managing Partner, Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys
2640 Westview Drive
Wyomissing, PA 19610

Ms. Pamela Shupp, AICP, CEcD,
Executive Vice President,
Greater Reading Chamber Alliance,
606 Court Street

Mr. Christopher J. Hartman, Esq.
Hartman, Valeriano, Magovern & Lutz
1100 Berkshire Boulevard, Suite 301
P.O. Box 5823
Wyomissing, PA 19610

Mr. Bill Murray
Reading Area Water Authority (RAWA)
1801 Kutztown Road
Reading, PA 19604

Mike Malinowski, EHD
Listed Above

Government Representative

Gary Kraft
Mayor, Borough of Mohnton,
21 North Oneil Street
Mohnton, PA 19540

Albright Representatives

Karen Campbell, Acting Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of the Faculty
Greg Fulmer, Vice President for Administrative and Financial Services

This committee is comprised of all government entities sponsoring CELG, including Berks County, townships, boroughs and the City of Reading. LOGAC meets three times a year to discuss emerging issues and areas where CELG could provide training to better assist member governments meet the demands of these issues.

Jamal Abadalo
Manager, Muhlenberg Township

Jack Bittig
Planning Com., Exeter Township

Frank Deery
Planning Com., Boyertown

Edward Evans
Wernersville Borough

Jeri Diesinger
Manager, Kenhorst Borough

Sandy Green
Mayor, Kutztown Borough

Tammy Gore
Mayor, Fleetwood Borough

Barbara Hartford
School Director, Boyertown Area School District

Frank Karoly
Planning Com., Longswamp Township

Thomas Keim
Manager, Robeson Township

Fred Levering
Borough Council, Wyomissing Borough

Thomas McKeon
Director, Berks County IDA

Shannon Rossman
Exec. Dir., Berks County Planning Com.

Frank Schnee
Council Member, Robesonia Borough

Mark Stitzel
Supervisor, Perry Township

Jay Vaughn
Township Manager, Spring Township

Sandy Weiser-Pascavage
Manager, Leesport Borough

Philip Wert
Council Member, West Reading Borough

Members serving during 2014 and/or 2015

Steve Landes
Manager, Muhlenberg Township

The Center holds three courses in cooperation with the Berks County Planning Commission, Berks County Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI) for elected officials, appointed planning and zoning officials, and other individuals interested in the following topics:

  • Zoning Basics
  • Subdivision and Land Development Review
  • Community Planning

Individuals completing all three courses (27 hours) receive their Master Planner Certification from the Center for Excellence in Local Government and the Berks County Planning Commission.
130 + individuals from a variety of municipal and development backgrounds have now been certified since the program began in 2000.

Individuals completing their MP certification are eligible to pursue Advance Master Planner Certification in accordance the following guidelines.

Purpose and participants:

  • Goal: To assist Master Planners (and other officials) enhance their core knowledge and understanding of planning principles, techniques, and best practices they can apply to promote and sustain smart growth communities.
  • Target audience: The Program is designed initially for officials who have completed the Master Planner Program; other officials who have sufficient knowledge of a given topic may participate in the educational activities but will not receive credit for their work


  • Officials must complete fifteen (15) units of training in at least two core workshops plus additional training activities to fulfill the AMPP requirements
  • Each land use training program offered by the Center will be assigned a specific number of units based on the length of the activity (e.g. a dinner program will be worth one unit; an evening workshop will be worth 2-3 units; and the PA Land Use Institute will be worth 3-5 units)
  • To receive credit, officials will be expected to attend the educational activity and complete the pre-session assignments (on-line or hard copy), where applicable


  • Core Areas (a minimum of five units required): Officials must complete the required activity for at least two of the following three core areas of training (each activity will be worth two to three units)
    • community planning
    • land use regulation
    • design
  • Optional Training (in addition to the core activities)
  • These activities will include on-going, regularly scheduled programs offered by the Center (e.g. PA Land Use Institute) as well as special initiatives designed to address contemporary topics/issues and best planning practices, site tours, and smart growth efforts
  • Officials also may choose to undertake an independent case study of a specific issue or development in their community; the topic will be pre-approved and the official will present his/her final report to the Center’s Local Government Advisory Council; a maximum of three units will be received following the completion of the study
  • A maximum of three units may be earned through participation in a land use training program(s) offered by another organization.


  • Activities will be offered in various formats, such as classes/workshops; on-line; tours; dinners, and independent study primarily during evening hours, with some daytime or weekend sessions

Berks County Cooperative Purchasing Council – The Council is an unincorporated association of public entities organized and existing under the applicable provisions of P.L. 526 of April 29, 1937 (53 P.S. section 5431 et seq.), as amended, and Act 57 of May 15, 1998, as amended, (Title 62 Pa C.S. 1902) known as the Commonwealth Procurement Code for the purpose of joint purchases of materials, equipment, supplies, services, and/or construction.

Intergovernmental Cooperative Initiatives

  • Berks County Cooperative Purchasing Council – The Council is an unincorporated association of public entities organized and existing under the applicable provisions of P.L. 526 of April 29, 1937 (53 P.S. section 5431 et seq.), as amended, and Act 57 of May 15, 1998, as amended, (Title 62 Pa C.S. 1902) known as the Commonwealth Procurement Code for the purpose of joint purchases of materials, equipment, supplies, services, and/or construction.
  • Berks Municipal Partnership – The Partnership was established by the Center for Excellence in Local Government as a forum for discussing common issues that can be addressed on a regional level or county-wide basis, obtaining local officials’ comments on proposed cooperative initiatives; providing a focal point for communication between regions of the county and county government; fostering pilot projects on a regional level; and linking regions to resources.
  • Governor Mifflin Area Coordinating Council – the Council was established by the Center and the participating public entities to foster on-going communication among the five municipalities (three boroughs and two townships) and the School District on issues of common interest.
  • Berks County Policy Study
  • Berks Municipal Partnership

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Berks County Commissioner’s Office

EHD is already a trusted partner for more than 50 public entities

EHD offers an expert depth of knowledge to governments and authorities. Our Public Entity Division partners with administrative leaders to provide budgeting advice for your insurance program and training and development programs for your staff. We also provide extensive risk control and claims management services to support your safety committee and accident and illness prevention program.

Because limited insurance markets exist for your public entity, EHD will find the right fit for you — one that provides optimum coverage and protection while ensuring that total indirect costs as well as direct premium costs are managed as closely as possible.

Our tailored insurance programs include guidance and placement on the following:

  • Workers’ compensation
  • Public Law 477 (Heart and Lung Act)
  • Public liability
  • Commercial auto, including school bus fleets
  • Public officials liability
  • Employment practices liability
  • Law enforcement legal liability
  • Crime and bonding for public officials
  • Builders’ risk programs

To learn more about our partnership and programs for public entities, please contact:
Michael S. Malinowski
Vice President & Public Entity Practice Group Leader

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Hartman, Valeriano, Magovern & Lutz
is strongly committed to civic organizations as part of their contribution to the community. Our attorneys bring commitment, integrity and many years of combined experience in the practice of law. We strive to retain the professionalism and integrity that our clients have the right to expect.

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Greater Reading Economic Partnership

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Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys

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Kraft Code Services, LLC

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SSM Group, Inc.

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