December 30, 2005
James R. Cascio - Remarks - Inauguration of Donna Matsko Schmitt
May it please the Court, reverend Clergy, honored guests, families, friends and public officials.
I have the enviable task of introducing someone who literally needs no introduction, the Honorable Donna Matsko Schmitt, to take the oath of office for a record fifth time as Somerset County Treasurer.
In office, Mrs. Schmitt has worked with diligence, energy, fidelity and care to earn the trust and respect of this county. The regard of the voters is evident. She was elected unopposed to her office for the fifth time and she begins her sixth term as an elected county official.
She has the trust and respect of her peers as shown by offices she has held in the Pennsylvania State Association of County Treasurers. She was President in 1995 and now serves as a Secretary. She is also a member and past Chairman of the Association’s important Antlerless Deer committee.
While Donna’s many years of devoted public service are to be savored and honored, everyone here today knows that public service is personal sacrifice. Thomas Jefferson wrote that “(p)ublic employment contributes neither to advantage nor happiness. It is but honorable exile from one’s family and affairs.”
Winning and holding elective office is a team effort. Donna’s team is exceptionally strong and supportive. Her husband, Stacey Schmitt, and her son Brandon join her today. We have watched her family grow over these 6 terms in office to adults and her other three children are out in the world today.
Donna’s professional team is rounded out by Chief Deputy, Diane Weidner, second Deputy Joyce Walker and Amanda Bockes, Clerk, who will give their oaths this morning.
It is therefore my privilege to move that this Court take judicial notice of the certification of the results of the County Treasurer Election from the November 2005 municipal election and exercise its statutory authority to administer the oath of the office of Somerset County Treasurer to Donna Matsko Schmitt for the fifth time.