Commissioner Profiles

Thomas C. Creighton III


Commissioner Creighton He is currently working for State Representative Gary Day in the 187th District Commissioner. Creighton was sworn in as the Lehigh County Commissioner representing District 1 in January, 2010. He replaced Sterling H. Raber, one of the Commonwealth's longest-serving Commissioners, who retired in December, 2009.

Commissioner Creighton ran for County Commissioner as a fiscal conservative committed to decreasing spending and taxes. He is an advocate of farmland preservation and of open and accessible government.

Prior to his election as a County Commissioner, Mr. Creighton served as a Lynn Township Supervisor for six years. During that tenure, Commissioner Creighton cited the lowering of Township real estate tax from 1.3 mills to 1 mill as one of his most significant accomplishments. Commissioner Creighton also serves on the Northwestern Recreation Commission.

Commissioner Creighton is a graduate of Widener University with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering.  He is currently working for State Representative Gary Day in the 187th District. He and his wife Suzanne have two sons, Thomas IV and Zachary.
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Percy Dougherty, Ph D.


Commissioner DoughertyDr. Percy H. Dougherty was elected to the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners in 1993 and took office in January, 1994. He has been elected chairman of the board, an unprecedented six times. Dr. Dougherty represents Lehigh’s District # 2.

Commissioner Dougherty is a past President and current Board member of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania where he has served on a variety of committees, concentrating his efforts on land use and planning initiatives that stimulate the economy while protecting valuable natural resources. He has served on CCAP’s Board of Directors and was Chairman of the Energy, Environment and Land Use Committee.

A recently retired professor, Dr. Dougherty was on the staff at Kutztown University since 1990. He holds a Ph.D. in physical geography and geology from Boston University, a Master of Education Degree in physical geography and a Bachelor’s degree in geography and biology from West Chester University. He holds numerous professional memberships, is widely published in the field of geography/geology and has received numerous awards for his efforts in analysis and education. He has been a featured speaker in both professional and government arenas. His areas of expertise include groundwater diffusion, caves and sinkholes, remote sensing and the geography of wine.

Dr. Dougherty’s numerous civic commitments reflect his dedication to planning, environmental and cultural issues. He is a member and a former chair of the Lehigh Valley Regional Planning Commission, and a former member of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission, the Route 222 Study Commission and the Lehigh Valley GIS Steering Committee. He serves on the boards of the Allentown Symphony Association, the Allentown Art Museum, the Wildlands Conservancy and was the chair of the Allentown ArtsWalk Wine Auction.



David S. Jones, Sr.


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Geoff Brace


Commissioner Brace

Lehigh County Commissioner Geoff Brace was elected to the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners representing District 4 in 2013 and took office in January, 2014.  He is married to Sara Jane, a Northern Lehigh graduate.  Together they are raising their son, Isaac, in Center City Allentown as active members of the community. 

Commissioner Brace’s legislative efforts have included a focus on a strong regional economy with jobs that pay a living wage.  This includes strengthening the safety net that provides for seniors at Cedarbrook nursing home, human services for children and youth, mental health, intellectual disabilities and the homeless.  He has worked with other Commissioners to eliminate pay-to-play politics and supports campaign finance reform which ends the influence of big campaign dollars and special interests. Geoff also fights for a safe environment, raising concerns about lead poisoning in homes, protecting our natural resources, safeguarding our water supplies from run off through the Lehigh Conservation District and through strong support of expanded farmland preservation. 

As an Allentown and Lehigh County native, Geoff has always called Lehigh County home.  As a teenager, his first job was mowing lawns by renting his Dad’s lawnmower.  Commissioner Brace also worked on a farm, mentored inner-city youth and has given a great deal of his time to the community as a volunteer. 

He has served the Allentown Zoning Hearing Board, Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (Upside Allentown) and the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce (Hamilton District Main Street Program).  He is an ordained Deacon at Zion Liberty Bell UCC in Allentown, serves on the United Church of Christ Board of Directors and was the first moderator to be re-elected to a second term for the Penn Northeast Conference of the UCC.

Commissioner Brace is currently Legislative Assistant to State Representative Mike Schlossberg, where he oversees legislation, policy and communication for the 132ndlegislative district.  Geoff has developed extensive experience in community and economic development, having worked for the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, Kutztown Community Partnership, Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and the West Chester Business Improvement District.  He uses these experiences to benefit Lehigh County and promote vibrant communities. 

In 2016, Geoff was named to the Inaugural Class of Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity’s Emerging Leaders and was recognized by the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission for Excellence in Community Planning in 2015.  He was recipient of Ursinus College’s 2013 “Rising Star Award” and was recognized as “20 under 40” by the East Penn Business Journal in 2011.  





Dan Hartzell


Commissioner Hartzell

Democrat Dan Hartzell is a commissioner at-large who took office in January 2016.

He retired in September 2014 after more than 38 years as a reporter and columnist for The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown. Dan wrote the "Road Warrior" question-and-answer column on traffic and transportation issues during his last 12 years at the paper.

A lifelong Lehigh Valley resident, Dan is a Whitehall High School alumnus and a 1973 Kutztown University graduate with a B.A. in English.




Brad Osborne


Brad Osborne

A life-long resident of the Lehigh Valley, Brad has been the Plant Manager for GEO Specialty Chemicals, a South Whitehall Township manufacturer of unique chemicals for the paints and coating industry, since 2005.

Prior to joining GEO Specialty Chemicals, Brad was sole proprietor of Petroleum Distribution Service (PDS), a nationally recognized firm offering air pollution control compliance service for Fortune 50 oil companies. In this capacity, he also earned an improvement patent in the design of gasoline vapor recovery systems.

Brad served on the South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners from 2005-2012, during which time he served as president of the Board for three years. He is past Chair of the Lehigh Valley Engineering Council, past Chair of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and graduate of the Lehigh University Manufacturing Leadership Institute.

Brad was elected to the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners in 2012, served as Chairman in his first year on the board and elected Chairman again in 2015.

He has served on the Board of Directors for The Allentown Rescue Mission and the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, is currently a board member of the DaVinci Science Center, the Lehigh Valley Zoological Society and the Lehigh County General Purpose Authority. Brad takes special interest in his role on the advisory board for ARCH of Lehigh Valley, a center that provides comprehensive services to individuals and families touched by Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Brad holds a Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He and his wife Janice have resided in South Whitehall for 26 years.



Amanda Holt


Commissioner Holt

Amanda Holt was appointed to fill a Commissioner-at-Large vacancy in July 2014. 

A native of Lehigh County, Amanda Holt is best known for her efforts on state redistricting, which eventually led her to a historic victory before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2012. 

Amanda is a caring and concerned member of her community, working as a weekly volunteer with children and nursing home residents for nearly 20 years. She also served as an elected Judge of Elections from 2009-2014. 

 In 2012, she was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Patriot News and was honored by American Association of the University of Women (AAUW) with their Impact Award. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Public Service Achievement Award from Common Cause and received a Key to the City from West Chester, Pennsylvania in appreciation for her work in redistricting.




Marty Nothstein


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Michael Schware


Commissioner Schware Michael Schware has been representing District 5 since his appointment to the Board in February 2012, and won election in November of 2013.

Native born and a life-long resident of Allentown, Commissioner Schware has been a certified public accountant for more than 18 years and owns a tax and accounting service in Allentown. During the mid-1990s, while employed with the firm of Concannon, Gallagher, Miller and Co., P.C., he was part of the team assigned to perform Lehigh County's annual audit.

Commissioner Schware has a long record of public service which began in the 1980s when he enlisted in the Army and served on a Special Forces A-Team (Green Berets.) That commitment to community has continued post-discharge. He has been a member of the Allentown Planning Commission, 1996-2002; the Allentown Preservation League, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of the city’s historic architecture, 1994-1999 and 2003-2008, and the Wildlands Conservancy's "Drive-Thru Arboretum" project, which was responsible for the landscaping at the Lehigh Street and I-78 interchange, 1996.

Commissioner Schware is a 1991 graduate of Penn State where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He and his wife have two children.