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State rep. from York to leave job, join economic development group

Written by Gary Haber, York Daily Record | Aug 4, 2016 6:16 PM
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State Rep. Kevin Schreiber.

(York) -- Kevin Schreiber, state representative from York, has been named CEO and president of the York County Economic Alliance after what the business development group described in a news release as an "extensive nationwide search."

Speaking at a news conference Thursday, the 36-year-old Democrat said it was a difficult choice to decide to leave the state Legislature after three years. Schreiber will serve out the reminder of his current term, which he said ends Nov. 30. He will start at the Economic Alliance on Dec. 1.

Schreiber served as York's community and economic development director before winning a special election in May 2013 to succeed Eugene DePasquale, as state representative for the 95th District.

Schreiber was re-elected in 2014 and is currently on the ballot for re-election in November against Joel Sears, the Republican candidate. Democrats have until Aug. 25 to replace Schreiber on the ballot, York County Democratic Party chairman Chad Baker said.

It is not clear who will run on the Democratic line instead of Schreiber. York Mayor Kim Bracey said Thursday she is not interested in running for the seat.

Despite having to come up with a replacement candidate two months before the election, Baker said Democrats are not worried about being able to hold onto Schreiber's seat. No one has come forward yet as a candidate, Baker said.

"Ultimately, I'm sure they'll be able to get an excellent candidate," Schreiber said.

Whomever the Democrats select would have to be from York, West York, Spring Garden Township or the portion of West Manchester Township bordering those three areas, known as voting District 1.

Schreiber deflected the question when asked whether by taking the job at the Economic Alliance he was ruling out a future run for elective office.

"I'm incredibly excited for this opportunity," he said. "Everything I've done in York has led me to this moment."

"There aren't many opportunities that would entice me away from being state representative," he added.

Loren Kroh, the Economic Alliance's interim CEO, will stay on until Schreiber takes over in December.

Schreiber noted the alliance is a county-wide organization. He said in remarks Thursday that Hanover is among the communities he wants to help.

Schreiber has been a high-profile proponent of York, frequently seen at community events and forums, and holding news conferences to highlight various local initiatives.

The Economic Alliance was formed in 2012 when two business development groups, the York County Chamber of Commerce and the York County Economic Development Corp., merged. The alliance works to attract new businesses to York County and retain existing ones.

Kroh was named the alliance's interim CEO in January as it searched for a permanent successor to Darrell Auterson, who stepped down earlier this year.

Auterson started in July as president of the McKinney Economic Development Corp. in McKinney, Texas.

Schreiber was one of about 50 people applied for the Economic Alliance position, said Douglas Berman, the organization's chairman.

Seven people were interviewed and the field was winnowed to Schreiber and two other finalists, whom Berman declined to name. One of the finalists was from outside southcentral Pennsylvania, Berman said.

Reporter Mark Walters contributed to this report.

This story comes to WITF through a partnership with the York Daily Record.

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