CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County is losing its long-time solicitor Kim C. Kesner.
Kesner made his official announcement during the solicitor’s report at Tuesday’s commissioners’ meeting.
He said he’s tendered his resignation, effective June 1, because of his retirement from the practice of law after 40 years.
Kesner has served as county solicitor for over 30 years, having first been appointed in January of 1988. He’s served eight boards of commissioners of differing parties.
“We certainly can’t express this well enough … but we do want to express our thanks for your decades of service to Clearfield County,” said Commissioner John A. Sobel, chairman.
“… You’ll certainly be missed. Our thanks don’t serve as a sufficient reward … there were countless hours and sleepless nights trying to get the county out of predicaments.
“You really devoted a large part of your life to serving the citizens of Clearfield County. We’re very, very appreciative, very, very grateful and very much in awe of what you’ve done for the county over the years.”
Prior to his appointment as county solicitor, Kesner served as an assistant district attorney for then-District Attorney Thomas Morgan and assistant county solicitor to then-Solicitor David Ammerman.
Recognized for his practice of municipal law, Kesner has served as solicitor to 22 Clearfield County townships and boroughs, as well as numerous municipal authorities.
He was counsel in the creation of the BCI, Huston Township, Kratzer Run and Muddy Run municipal authorities and the ORD Sewer Authority.
He also provided municipal financing for his municipal clients, totaling over $56 million for sewer, water and other projects.
Kesner resides in Clearfield with his wife, Diane. They share two adult children, Ashley and Jay.
Sobel said Kesner has spent some time on his succession plan, and attorney Heather Bozovich will take his place. Also, Kesner will assist Bozovich over the next year to make for a smoother transition at no additional cost to the county.
Bozovich said she looked forward to her service as the new county solicitor, and was grateful she’d have Kesner’s “wealth of knowledge” available to her as she began her tenure.
Kesner said to the best of his knowledge, Bozovich will be Clearfield County’s first-ever woman solicitor.