The Board of Commissioners plays the central
role in township government. Section 1502 of the First Class Township Code places
general supervision of township affairs in the hands of the Board of Commissioners.
||Because of the commissioner’s
elected status, an individual in that position is often viewed as a community
leader. Commissioners are the proper recipients of complaints, ideas and suggestions
concerning township affairs.
Commissioners combine many of the roles found
in separate branches or levels of the state and federal governments. The Board
serves as the legislative body of the township – setting policy, enacting
ordinances and resolutions, adopting budgets, levying taxes, formulating the
budget and approving expenditures and the hiring of employees.
In many cases, the commissioner is called upon to perform as a problem solver,
acting as an agent for township citizens with municipal or even outside agencies.
The commissioner has a role in representing the township’s communal
interests - past, present and future.