Wayne County is governed by a board of three county commissioners elected every four years by the voters. The board of commissioners oversees the entire operation of the county and represents the best interests of the citizens. Counties are required by law to provide certain services to their citizens. Each county performs a wide range of different functions including community development and environmental planning, overseeing elections and providing a wide array of human services. The Commissioners are also responsible for administering the budget for the Court of Common Pleas and the magisterial district courts and protecting public health and safety. To fund all these important programs, counties rely on taxes based on the value of real estate in the community. Real estate includes the buildings and land associated with homes and businesses.
The Commissioners’ Office also serves as the county’s Business Office. Invoices for the general fund, liquid fuels, 911 and other funds are processed and paid through that office. Payroll checks, human resource records, workers compensation reporting, health benefits and other related employee issues are also handled by this office. The Commissioners’ Office oversees retirement fund enrollment, real estate tax collector reports and postings, record keeping and benefit check processing. All general fund accounting, reporting, liquid fuels reporting and budget management are handled by John Haggarty, who also works directly with the treasurer’s office to track revenues and expenses of the county. The Commissioners hold weekly work sessions to discuss items to be brought before the board for official action, typically on Thursdays at 10:30 am in their meeting room on the third floor of the Courthouse Annex in Honesdale.
Brian W. Smith, Chairman
Commissioner Smith is a graduate of Wayne Highlands School District. He continued his education at Penn State University, Worthington Scranton Campus, obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and also served as President of the American Society of Certified Engineering Technicians.
Hired directly out of college, he worked for Newport News Shipping Building and Dry Dock Company in Virginia, doing electronic design on Nuclear Submarines. He moved back to Wayne County and worked at Wayne Memorial Hospital for seven years as a Bio-Med Technician.
Brian married the former Amy Rickard in 1985 and started farming in Cherry Ridge on a small dairy farm. In 1993, they moved to a bigger farm in Milanville, Damascus Township where they now reside. They have 6 children, Chelsea, Jesse, Leslie, Wyman, Shelby, and Clarence.
BOARD ASSIGNMENTS: Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District, Wayne Conservation District, and WEDCO
Wendell R. Kay
Wendell Kay is the son of Richard F. Kay and the late Anne M. Kay. He has resided in Wayne County most of his life and now lives in Honesdale with his wife Karen (Staff Pharmacist, Wayne Memorial) and their daughter, Maureen. Their daughter, Dr. Susan Granquist and her husband Timothy live in Berlin Township and their son, Kevin, is a resident of New Jersey.
Wendell attended Honesdale Catholic School and graduated from Honesdale High. He received a B.A. in History from East Stroudsburg State and a law degree from Ohio Northern University. Since 1981, he has maintained a general legal practice in Northeast Pennsylvania. He previously served as a court appointed custody and divorce master and was a court appointed guardian for hundreds of children.
From 1987-91 Wendell served as a Honesdale Borough council member. He is a former township solicitor for Berlin, Damascus and Sterling townships and chaired the Honesdale Borough Civil Service Commission.
Commissioner Kay is a lector and former Finance Committee chair for St. John’s R.C. parish. He is a member and former Board Chair of the Wayne County YMCA and belongs to the Wayne County Historical Society and Wayne –Pike Farm Bureau. He also serves on the statewide Human Services Committee for the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP).
Always an advocate for youth sports, Wendell has coached recreational basketball, softball and soccer for boys and girls. He was a girls and boys travel soccer coach and a volunteer assistant soccer coach for the Honesdale Boys Varsity program.
BOARD ASSIGNMENTS: Chair, Board of Elections; Chair, Assessment Appeals Board; Secretary, Wayne County Prison Board; Mental Health/Intellectual Disability/Early Intervention Board; Chair, Local Emergency Planning Committee.
Joseph W. Adams
Commissioner Adams is a graduate of Wallenpaupack Area High School; attended the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA; earned a BS Magna Cum Laude double majoring in Finance and Economics, with a minor in History, from the University of Scranton, Scranton PA; and has his MBA with honors specializing in Accounting and Finance, from the University of Scranton. Joseph was the community manager of Emerald Lakes and Lake Adventure, before becoming the Business Manager of the Wallenpaupack Area School District for 12 years. Joseph then spent the next 3 years as a Wealth Manger for Morgan Stanley in Scranton PA and then 13 years at The Dime Bank, Honesdale, PA as Vice President and Senior Vice President within the Wealth Management area. Joseph’s last position was the Superintendent of the Western Wayne School District.
Mr. Adams is a past or present member of the following organizations: Wayne Bank Board of Directors, Human Resources Center Board Chairman, Board member of the Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Palmyra Township Planning Commission, Wayne County Library Advisory Committee, Wayne County Children and Youth Advisory Committee, Biddy Basketball Coach, Volunteer Umpire and Referee for youth sports, Wayne County Community Foundation O’Neill Society, Dorflinger Suydam and Lacawac Sanctuaries, Wayne County Historical Society, Trout Unlimited, Honesdale Golf Club, and Cold Hill Hunting Club.
Joseph is a 5th generation, Wayne County resident, currently residing in Hamlin, Salem Township with his wife, Kathryn Scott Adams.
Chief Clerk – Vicky Botjer
Please email Vicky Botjer (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions pertaining to the Wayne County Commissioners
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30 a.m.
Commissioners’ Conference Room
The Commissioner’s hold weekly worksessions on Tuesday’s each week beginning at 10:30 a.m., to discuss items to be brought before the Board for official action on Thursday’s. The agenda listed would only then apply to Thursday’s meetings.
ORDER OF BUSINESS:
1. Pledge of Allegiance.
2. Meeting called to order by the Chairman.
3. Minutes presented for approval. (The minutes of the previous meetings are available by clicking on the links below).
4. Correspondence and communications.
5. Public comment (Public comment shall also be allowed prior to the taking of any official action during the meetings of the Wayne County Commissioners and other County Board meetings).
6. Unfinished or tabled business.
7. New business.
8. Other business.(Payment of bills on Thursdays)
9. Report of Solicitor.
10. County Board of Elections.
11. County Salary Board.
12. County Retirement Board.
13. Assessment Board.
14. Treasurer’s Report.
15. County Prison Board (2nd Tuesday of every month, Commissioners’ Conference Room).
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT DISCUSSIONS MAY BE TAPED
DURING WAYNE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETINGS