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Krause honored, Recovery Month proclaimed

The Wayne County Commissioners last week congratulated solicitor Lee Krause, who was honored as the 2013 Solicitor of the Year by the PA County Commissioners Association at its recent annual conference in Erie. Pictured are Commissioner Wendell Kay, left, Krause, and Commissioners Brian Smith and Jonathan Fritz.
TRR photo by David Hulse

By David Hulse
September 18, 2013

More than three decades of county service were honored on September 12, when the Wayne County Supervisors issued formal congratulations to their county solicitor, Lee Krause.

The commendation came echoing Krause’s recent selection as Solicitor of the Year, by the PA County Commissioners Association. Krause was honored for “exceptional service of 33 years with nine different boards and his recent effort on the statewide reassessment of summer camps that he argued, and successfully won before the courts, that effected statewide assessment of those organizations.”

County leaders had learned of Krause’s selection beforehand and the commissioners agreed that the news was the best-kept secret around the courthouse. Krause admitted that he didn’t have a clue until the details of the commendation were being read. “It was a complete shock and everybody knew about it but me.”

Commissioners’ chair Brian Smith said Krause had his “heart and head” in the job, that it was amazing to think of all his accomplishments with the different boards. He noted that Krause, who was once shot at (unsuccessfully) in the courthouse, had a big hand in moving courthouse security ahead.

No doubt recalling the incident, Krause agreed, “I certainly did.”

Commissioner Wendell Kay, who is also an attorney, said Krause is a well respected member of the legal community. “Certain people are attorneys, and others are attorneys and counselors.” He said Krause has provided “sound legal and practical advice—common sense. I don’t see how we could have done better.”

Commissioner Jonathan Fritz admitted, as the “newest guy” on the board, he has been doing some studying of what came before. “I’ve gained an appreciation for what’s been done. You work in a challenging legal maze,” he said.

In other business, the commissioners proclaimed September as Recovery Month in Wayne County and heard from Jeff Zerechak, the county’s drug and alcohol administrator. Zerechak said some 640 persons in Wayne began recovery last year and are continuing. “The more people that are engaged, the stronger the community becomes.” He encouraged people with questions to call 570/253-6022.

Human Services Director Andrea Whyte provided her report of state food purchases for the fiscal year, which amounted to $61,115 for the $69,524 program. The program served meals to 1,216 households, including 994 children, 1,512 adults and 564 elderly persons.