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Radnor Board of Commissioners Elects First Female President

Elaine Paul Schaefer represents the township's Fourth Ward, which covers parts of Rosemont and Newtown Square.

Elaine Paul Schaefer (Democrat, Ward 4) was elected the first female president of Radnor Township's Board of Commissioners on Monday. She was elected to the board in 2009 and has served as vice president for one year.

"We have a very full plate for the next year," Schaefer told Radnor Patch. "Some of the important issues that I'd like to see the BoC accomplish, or at least make progress on, are: Establishing a stable funding path for our long term obligations such as our OPEB liabilities; making progress toward establishing a stormwater management program and establishing a funding system for that program; Ensuring the long term viability and stability of the Willows Mansion; and working toward preserving a portion of the Ardrossan Estate."

According to her bio on Radnor Township's Web site, she was the Executive Director of the Radnor Conservancy. She also served on the Executive Board of the Radnor Educational Foundation, the Board of the Radnor League of Women Voters and as President of the Radnor Middle School PTO and the Ithan Elementary School PTO.

Schaefer is an attorney. She has lived in Radnor for ten years with her husband John and three children who attend Radnor Middle School and Radnor High School.

Jim Higgins (Democrat, Ward 1) was elected Vice President of the board. He came on to the board in 2011, but served as a commissioner in the 1980s and 1990s.

Lisa Borowski January 08, 2013 at 11:40 AM
Congratulations Elaine and Jim! Best of luck in the coming year!
brett senior January 08, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Congratulations, 1st priority for the township , upgrades and lights for some of the little league baseball fields. just kidding, well maybe not, but great to have your leadership
Annie Webb January 08, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Congratulations, Elaine! Good luck!
Julia Gould January 08, 2013 at 05:25 PM
I am grateful to Elaine for her commitment to Radnor Township!
Margie Rosenberg January 08, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Congratulations Elaine! It's well deserved.
Karen Wilson January 10, 2013 at 08:04 PM
It's so gratifying to see you elected president of the BoC for Radnor. Your colleagues on the Radnor Leage of Women Voters could not be more proud. Best of luck to you, Jim and the entire Board as you take on the tough issues.

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