An organization designed to help coordinate efforts between the Keystone state’s counties and municipalities has a new president in Register of Wills Don Petrille.

Petrille was sworn in last Wednesday in Harrisburg to be the first president of the Pennsylvania State Association of Elected County Officials from Bucks County since its founding in 1957. His experience for the role comes from his work with Bucks and in serving as secretary and vice president of PSAECO.

“It’s truly humbling to be chosen for leadership by a group of people who are excellent leaders in their own right,” said Petrille. “We have a lot of challenges in county government. It’s the ‘invisible layer’ of government that delivers services and maintains our justice system, but it passes very few laws. Leading a group of statewide leaders is a little intimidating.”

Though the organization’s website might need updating, the goals listed remain the same.

• Act as liaison between state organizations and the General Assembly
• Assist in creating a more effective and efficient government
• Open lines of communication in government
• Achieve uniformity and cooperation in government at all levels
• Work with the Local Government Commission and Local Government Committees in the House and Senate to promote legislation that will enhance the function of government
• To serve local government by representing its interests before the legislature

Petrille is optimistic, saying, “When you have a group of people who are looking out for all of Pennsylvania, and not just their narrow regional interests, it makes accomplishing those goals easier.”

In a press release, Petrille stated his priorities include getting legislative support for law enforcement, improving the bidding process by introducing electronic components, and maintaining a constructive relationship between all levels of government.