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 Borough Council

Councilors must be residents of West Hazleton for one  year prior to running. West Hazleton Borough changed from the Ward system of voting to at large voting in 2015.  Council’s major duties include the enactment of legislation, the raising and spending of public money, land use regulation, and the provision of public services.

By law, Council must meet at least once a month to conduct business. Pennsylvania’s “Sunshine Act” requires that Council take all official actions in public at such a meeting and that the public be notified and provided an opportunity to comment at these meetings.

Borough Council appoints the Solicitor, Engineer, Code Enforcement Officer, all of whom serve at the pleasure of Council. The members of the various boards and commissions are also appointed by Council such as Zoning and Planning.

West Hazleton Borough voters elect a 7 member Council who serve with minimal pay, each for a 4 year term. Council members are elected every two years: with three members at one election and four members at the other election. The council is responsible for the planning for the future, enacting ordinances, establishing local tax rates, approving the budget, and providing an oversight of the current needs of the community. Council hires Borough Managers and a Police Chief, who in turn, are responsible for the direction and administration of Borough employees.

Borough Council meetings are held on the  second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM in the Borough Building at 100 S 4th St.   

Frank SchmidtFrank A. Schmidt

West Hazleton Borough
100 South Fourth Street
West Hazleton Pa. 18202

Term expires: December 31, 2017

 John Chura


Term expires: December 31, 2019

William SharkeyWilliam Sharkey, Jr.
Council- Street Dept
West Hazleton Borough

100 South Fourth Street 


Term expires: December 31, 2017

Gerald Grink


Term expires: December 31, 2019

Craig Kocher

Craig Kocher
Vice President- 

West Hazleton Borough-
100 South Fourth Street
West Hazleton, Pa 18202 Term Expires December 31, 2017        

Diane Chura
Term expires: December 31, 2019



 Lou Pacelli Council President

Term expires: December 31, 2019

Henry Kreisl II
Term expires: December 31, 2017 

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