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Editor's Voice: An impressive career ends in Lower Swatara

Posted 9/24/13

It’s hard to think of anyone who has served in local politics as long – with distinction – as Frank Linn. On Wednesday, Sept. 18, he resigned his seat on the Lower Swatara Twp. Board of Commissioners for health reasons, having served 36 years, …

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Editor's Voice: An impressive career ends in Lower Swatara

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He was actually voted out of office for two years, after he supported a controversial expansion of the township sewer system. He ran again, and won, perhaps because his constituents eventually saw the merits of what he stood for. To this day, Lower Swatara is home to a growing number of businesses.
He was also instrumental in getting the Route 283 interchange at North Union Street built into a full cloverleaf. The state Legislature named the interchange after him in 2003.

In the community, Linn has been active in a number of ways, from Lions Club eyeglass drives to portraying Santa Claus at malls. He’s delivered meals in the township for the Meals-on-Wheels program.

He truly seemed to enjoy dealing with the public.

He was first elected in 1974, and served through 1989, then returned to the board in 1992, serving as president since his return.

But unspecified health problems forced him to resign “with regret,’’ he said. He still hasn’t lost his sense of humor, however. At his farewell, he described how people would tell him “that I look good, I look fine. That’s what they say to the guy in the casket.’’

It’s sad, and strange, to see Linn end his political career. Colleagues, friends and family gave him a farewell at a township meeting on Wednesday, lauding his accomplishments and telling him what he had meant to them.

Noted his daughter, Tammy: “Whether he is on the board or not, he will always be the heart of Lower Swatara Twp.’’ While the township is lucky to have a number of dedicated public servants, it will still take a lot to equal Linn’s record.

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