Ted Kopas has served as Westmoreland County Commissioner for five years. He won a full four-year term in 2011 following his unanimous appointment by the Court of Common Pleas in 2010. Commissioner Kopas has a proven record of quality service to taxpayers, a hands-on approach to constituents, fiscally conservative approach to finances, and an appreciation for the important services that county government provides for those who need it.
Commissioner Kopas recognizes that Westmoreland County government, like the citizens it serves, has to live within its financial means, but also faces important obligations that cannot be ignored – caring for the young, the aged, the disabled and those who cannot help themselves. Commissioner Kopas’ goal is to make sure that county government is open and efficient, and adaptable to respond to the changing needs of its residents. He has worked to improve our communities and our business infrastructure to create job opportunities and enhance our local economy.
Commissioner Kopas has stood up for taxpayers, voting against the past four county budgets that have cut funding for education, economic development and conservation, yet still have doubled the county’s operating deficit and cut the county’s reserves in half. He has voted against no-bid outsourcing contracts, executive level staff positons and other items that have had such a negative impact on the county’s finances. He has led by example, voluntarily cutting his own office staff to save taxpayers money and has never received reimbursement for mileage or any other expense.
Commissioner Kopas also serves on the Boards of Directors for a number of quasi-government and non-profit agencies, including the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation, the Human Services Committee of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, the Westmoreland Drug Overdose Task Force, the Westmoreland Land Trust (an organization he helped found), the Westmoreland Conservation District, Westmoreland Community Action, and the county’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program. Recently, Ted served on Governor Tom Wolf’s transition team to develop drug and alcohol policy and priorities.
His community involvement includes serving as a volunteer coach for both Youngwood Recreation and Hempfield Recreation. Ted is also actively involved in organizations that help support and teach children and adults with special needs, including Friends of Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children and Southwest Greensburg Adaptive Baseball. Ted is a member of the Slickville Lions Club and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Jeannette.
Prior to taking office, Ted served as Chief of Staff for the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. He has also worked as a Public Information Specialist for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Policy and Communications in Harrisburg, as a News Writer for WPXI-Channel 11 News in Pittsburgh.
Ted is a 1995 graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in History.
A Westmoreland County native, born and raised in the village of Westmoreland City in North Huntingdon, Ted currently resides in Hempfield Township with his wife, April, and their children Elle, Alex, Quinn, Jack and Teddy.