Westmoreland County Commissioner Ted Kopas has served in office since 2010. He manages a $330 million annual budget and nearly 2,000 employees, and oversees programs that touch on every aspect of our communities – human services, public safety, corrections, and economic and community development. He has worked closely with fellow public sector leaders, as well as those from the private sector and other civic leaders to confront the challenges facing our region – the opioid epidemic, an aging and shrinking population, infrastructure, long-term care for seniors, and local government cooperation.
Commissioner Kopas founded the Drug Overdose Task Force, consisting of a wide variety of stakeholders to confront the opioid epidemic and develop a comprehensive framework to curb overdose deaths. He initiated “Reimagining Westmoreland”, an update to the county’s Comprehensive Plan to address the challenges facing Westmoreland County, including workforce demands, demographics and downtown redevelopment.
Commissioner Kopas was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf to represent Pennsylvania’s 67 counties on the Governor’s Long-Term Care Council to develop strategies and policies to best provide for the expanding needs of the Commonwealth’s growing senior population and shrinking direct care workforce.
He serves on the Boards of Directors for the Westmoreland Industrial Development Corporation, Westmoreland Community Action, the Westmoreland Conservation District and the Westmoreland Land Trust.
Ted is a native of Westmoreland City in North Huntingdon Township, and was recently honored as a Norwin Distinguished Alumni. He graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. Ted lives in Hempfield Township with his wife, April, their five children, Elle, Alex, Quinn, Jack and Teddy, and their dog Hero.