Wayne County Commissioner Brian Smith has officially announced his bid for re-election.


Wayne County Commissioner Chairman Brian Smith (R) announced Tuesday that he will run for re-election.

Smith, who lives in Milanville with his wife Amy and his children, cited his leadership in office and work toward reducing the county budget as reasons to keep him on as commissioner.

“As your current commissioner, I have worked very hard to maintain a balance of responsible leadership and fiscal oversight,” Smith said. “In the last three years, we have methodically reduced the budget in the amount of $1.8 million by making carefully calculated business decisions.”

Smith, who ran a dairy farm for 25 years, said his experience with running his business and his first term as commissioner has given him the ability to “effectively guide Wayne County into the future.”

The three commissioners will each earn $50,150.41 in 2011, which will hold until 2013, when a 2.5 percent salary increase will take effect.

Major projects which were completed under Smith’s chairmanship are the Wayne County Job Training Center that houses the Work Investment Agency and Veterans Affairs, the Emergency Operation Center, and the completion of the Wayne County Correctional Facility.

Smith is the president of the Honesdale Lions Club, a board member of the Wayne-Pike chapter of the Red Cross, and a member of the Pennsylvania farm Bureau. He serves no the board of Workforce Wayne, and is the chairman of the Wayne County Local Emergency Planning Committee.

He is the treasurer of the Pennsylvania Republican Caucus of County Commissioners and a member of the Wayne County Conservation District and Correctional Facility. He also serves on the Agricultural Committee and the Gas & Oil Task Force with the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.

“I will continue to work toward job creation and economic development, and I will not stop talking to legislators to help create a better future for our farmers,” he said.

Smith resides in Milanville with his wife Amy and his children.

Current Honesdale Mayor Jonathan Fritz (R) is running for an open position after Commissioner Anthony Herzog announced last year that he will not seek re-election.