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About Josh

I was elected County Commissioner for Bedford County on November 3, 2015 and was sworn in on January 4, 2016. In this role, I serve as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, overseeing the day to day operations of Bedford County with my fellow Commissioners.

I am a native of Bedford County and graduated from Bedford high school in 2005. I graduated with academic honors and lettered all four years in cross country, track, and wrestling.

From a young age, I was instilled with the importance of hard work. I grew up in a blue collar working family. I was taught with hard work anything was possible.

While serving in the military and in Afghanistan I grew an even stronger love for my country. It was during this time in my life that I knew I wanted to live a life serving others.

As a Commissioner, I have continued my passion of being there for others. I listen; I place the needs of our citizens above my own. I make myself available to the community, and I work with both individuals and organizations to help move Bedford forward in our goals, and in a positive direction.

Military Service

After witnessing the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001 I knew I wanted to serve my country. I decided to turn down my acceptance into Shippensburg University to take the oath of enlistment to serve my country. I served in the U.S. Army as a 19 Delta Cavalry Scout with the 82nd Airborne Division, with a tour in Afghanistan for 15 months. While in Afghanistan, I conducted hundreds of combat patrols. I eventually earned the rank of Sergeant, where I was a leader and mentor to fellow soldiers. Following my Active Duty service commitment, I still had an urge to serve my country, which prompted me to enlist in the Pennsylvania National Guard in 2008, with the 2nd of the 104th Cavalry Regiment, where I served until 2011. While in the military I was awarded several distinguished awards including the Army Accommodation Medal and Combat Action Badge. In 2010, I had the honor of being named the unit's soldier of the year. 

Veteran Advocacy

When I began college at Shippensburg University in 2009 I noticed the transition barriers and challenges that many veterans were facing. This led me to taking action by starting the Shippensburg Student Veterans Association. I worked with campus administrators to ease the transition of veterans from combat to college. Since the founding of the organization, Shippensburg now has a veteran’s resource center that assists veterans, service members, and family members to ensure they achieve their academic and career goals.

In November 2010, I was sworn in as the Pennsylvania Outreach Coordinator for Student Veterans of America (SVA), a national organization that provides the resources, support, and advocacy for all veterans to succeed academically and following graduation. Later, I was elected as the National Leadership Council’s Vice President in December 2011 by my peers. I helped to increase the number of student veteran’s organizations and the level of support for military student veterans across Pennsylvania and the country. I worked with legislators to spearhead legislation that increased the level of support for veterans on college campuses throughout Pennsylvania. In 2012, I had the distinct honor of being named the 2012 Student Veteran of the Year for the entire country.

Shippensburg University

I graduated from Shippensburg University in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science. When I graduated, I began working as a Business Analyst and later worked in the technology field as a Senior Technical Training Specialist in the private sector. I continued serving in multiple roles serving veterans in the non-profit sector. 

Community Involvement

Since being a Commissioner I have volunteered thousands of hours and have donated thousands of dollars to Bedford County community organizations. Below is a list of organizations that I work with to help move Bedford County forward in a positive direction.

County Government Organizations

  • Bedford County Local Children’s round table member: Drug and Alcohol, Co-Parenting,and Ex-Inmates in Transition sub-committees, February 2017-Present
  • National Association of Counties: Human Services and Education and Military and Veterans Affairs committees, June 2018-Present
  • Southern Alleghenies Regional Broadband task force: Outreach Committee chairman, August 2018-Present
  • County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania: Military and  Veterans Affairs and Information Technology committees and a member of the Behavioral Health Task Force, January 2016-Present
  • Bedford County Visitors Bureau: ex-officio board member, January 2016-Present
  • Bedford County Economic Development Association: ex-officio board member, January 2016-Present
  • Bedford County Drug and Alcohol Prevention Partnership: local government liaison, April 2017-Present
  • Bedford-Somerset Developmental and Behavioral Health Services: advisory board member, January 2016-Present
  • Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission: board member and Finance and Executive committees, January 2016-Present
  • Bedford County Regional Education Foundation: board member, January 2016-Present
  • Southern Tier Education Council: board member, January 2016-Present
  • Huntington-Bedford-Fulton Area Agency on Aging: board ,member, January 2016-Present
  • South Central Solid Waste Agency, board member: January 2016-Present
  • Bedford County Criminal Justice Advisory Board: board member, January 2016-Present
  • Penn State Extension, local government liaison: January 2018-Present
  • Emergency Food & Shelter Local Board 71880: board member, January 2016-Present
  • Bedford-Somerset Developmental and Behavioral Health Services: board member, January 2016-Present 

Community Non-Profit Boards

  • Bedford County Historical Society: board member, January 2017-Present
  • Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries: policy council member, December 2017-Present
  • Your Safe Haven: board member and fundraising chairman, May 2016-Present
  • Unified Family Services System: board member, January 2016-Present
  • Personal Solutions Incorporated: board member, January 2016-Present
  • Bedford County Habitat for Humanity: board member, January 2018-Present
  • Bedford County Endowments: Advisory board member, July 2018-Present
  • Veterans Community Initiatives: board member, September 2016-Present
  • Shippensburg University Alumni Association: board member, June 2018-Present

Community Non-Profit Clubs/Organizations 

  • Rotary Club: member, Citizen of the Year chairman, 2015-Present
  • Bedford Lions Club: President, 2015-Present
  • Bedford County Veterans Association: Vice Commander, 2016-Present
  • Bedford County Veterans and Citizens for Heroes: member, 2016 Present
  • Bedford Sportsman’s Club: member, 2014-Present
  • Old Bedford Village: volunteer, June 2016-Present
  • Bedford Moose Lodge: member, 2012-Present
  • Bedford VFW, Veterans Service Officer: 2014-Present
  • Young Life of Bedford County: committee member, January 2017-Present
  • Bedford American Legion: member, 2014-Present
  • Bedford Farm Bureau: member, 2015-Present
  • Downtown Bedford Inc.: volunteer, 2015-Present

I also had the pleasure of hosting the Bedford County Veterans Day parade and ceremony in 2017. Many veterans said this was the largest Veterans Day parade and ceremony Bedford County has ever had. This was a product of the community coming together to give veterans the honor that they deserve. 

I am also an active member of the Everett Grace Community Brethren Church.

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