About the Office
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania county commissioners oversee the operations that are specified by the state of Pennsylvania. Three County Commissioners are elected every four years to manage and administrate the business of the county.
In their duties the County Commissioners appoint citizens to boards, commissions and authorities, advertise and award contracts and adopt the budget of the county. To assist the Commissioners with their administrative duties they appoint a Chief Clerk who is responsible for advertising, contract negotiations, aiding the commissioners with the development of the budget, and the day to day management and operations of the county. The Chief Clerk is also responsible for keeping the books and accounts of the Board of County Commissioners, and the recording and filing of their proceedings and papers.
As administrators of the county the Commissioners oversee approximately 761 employees 507 full-time and 254 part-time. In addition to serving as the Board of County Commissioners, the Commissioners serve as the County Board of Elections, Registration Commission, the Salary Board, Prison Board, Retirement Board, and Board of Assessment.
Mark Smith is currently serving his second term as commissioner. Mark grew up in Ridgebury Twp. and now resides in Sayre. Mark currently serves on the Endless Mountain Visitors Bureau, Endless Mountain Heritage Region Board the MH/MR Advisory Board, Bradford/Sullivan American Red Cross, Partners and Family Community Development Board and the Bradford County Tourism Committee.
Mark attended Athens Area High School, graduating in 1996. Mark went on to attend college in Pittsburgh and later The College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, studying in industrial design. Mark is an avid musician, artist and writer. He has a passion for study of American history and enjoys reading about and discussing the foundation of our nation. Mark has also been elected by seven other counties to serve as their representative to the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. He has served as chairman of the county's Natural gas Advisory Board and currently serves on the County commissioners Association of Pennsylvania Natural Gas Task Force.
Daryl Miller Former Co-Owner and CEO of Cornell Industrial Corporation is beginning his first term as Bradford County Commissioner. Daryl brings with him to the Commissionerís office over three decades of business experience. Daryl began his career at Cornell in 1974 working his way up through the company while continuing his education, starting out in an entry level job he moved up within the company, becoming a shop floor manager, equipment designer, sales manager, plant manager, Executive Vice President, ultimately becoming CEO and Co-Owner. Daryl looks forward to the next 4 years with all the opportunities and challenges we will have in our county, to be a part of positive change within our county. Daryl lives in Terry Township with his wife Kay. As a father and grandfather and life long resident of Bradford County his desire as a County Commissioner is to insure we hand our future generations the opportunity to prosper and grow in this beautiful county.
Doug McLinko, graduated from Towanda Area High School in 1976. He has owned and operated various businesses in Bradford County for over 25 years. Mr. McLinko has 4 children, Anthony, Bradley, Marishia, and Ashley. He was the Chairman of Wysox Township Supervisors for 2 terms. During his term as supervisor he lowered taxes by 17% and Wysox Township is now one of the lowest taxed townships in the state of Pennsylvania. He is the Chairman of the Bradford/Sullivan County Salvation Army Service Unit, President of Wysox Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Wysox Planning Commission, Wysox Municipal Authority, Independent Order of the Odd Fellows, and Member of the Masonic Lodge, Rome PA. Doug also serves on the Republican Committee and the Republican Executive Committee.
Michelle Shedden began working for Bradford County in 2001, and became secretary to the Commissioners in 2005. She was appointed as Chief Clerk in 2011 and is Secretary of Retirement for Bradford County. She is responsible for the recording, attesting and preservation of County Records, the administration of oaths, directing the completion of all actions required by the Board of Commissioners which includes budgetary and fiscal operations, and personnel matters. Michelle and her husband Bryan live in Leroy Township. Bryan is a partner in the family dairy farm and they have three children and one grandchild.