The Butler County Chamber of Commerce was proud to nominate our Butler County Board of Commissioners for the first annual Moe Coleman Award. We are even more proud that our commissioners (Leslie Osche, Kim Geyer and Kevin Boozel) along with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, were selected to receive this award. Jim Roddey and Joe Mistick created the idea with the intention of providing an award as a beacon of light in an increasingly acrimonious and uncivil environment of public discourse. They quickly established a group of more than 25 of the Pittsburgh regions community, civic and business leaders as sponsors. Among the many involved were the Institute of Politics, University of Pittsburgh, League of Women Voters, Local Government Academy, The Urban League of Pittsburgh, Greater Pittsburgh, African American, Airport Area, Butler County, Beaver County, Washington County and Pittsburgh North Chambers of Commerce as well as the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Foundation.

“Rich, Kevin, Kim and Leslie embody the true spirit of the Moe Coleman award because they put the needs of their constituents above partisan politics and positions,” Jim Roddey said in a statement. “During his two terms as Allegheny County Executive, Rich has demonstrated time and again that collaboration is the key to solving some of our region’s toughest problems.

Like the framers of our constitution, Kevin, Kim and Leslie are longtime friends that often meet to discuss important issues until they can reach a consensus.” The award will be given out annually to members of the two major parties who best demonstrate non- partisan cooperation.