- Berks County native: husband, father, grandfather
- Committed to improving the community with involvement in public service and active in various organizations
- Preserving the past and improving the future
Kevin’s Position on the Berks County Jail:
I plan to set the record straight regarding my stance on the issue of privatizing the Berks County Jail. I AM TOTALLY AGAINST THE PRIVATIZATION OF THE COUNTY JAIL and have said so consistently from the onset.
I have been the chair of the Prison Board for the past twelve years. I meet regularly with the Warden and senior staff to review issues that can improve overall operations.
Of sixty county jails in the Commonwealth, Delaware County is the only one that is privately operated. I took the opportunity to tour the Delaware County Jail in the summer of 2017. I must say I was less than impressed with the overall conditions of the housing units and specifically the medical unit. Most striking was the starting pay and the corrections officers’ turnover rate of 35%. For those reasons, one would question the level of professionalism and commitment in a “for-profit” county jail.
I continue to be fully committed to improving the existing jail and its mission of: The Berks County Jail System is intended to establish a secure institutional environment that serves to provide protection and safety for the citizens, staff and the legally incarcerated of Berks County, while meeting the standards established for this purpose by the American Correctional Association and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This will be accomplished through the use of a cost-effective organization and procedures that provide for security, social restoration and (re)habilitation in the jail environment.
KEVIN’S POSITION ON PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN BERKS:
Berks County has provided a significant amount of tax dollars to support the efforts of our member libraries while other funding sources have diminished. I thank the member boards and employees for their efforts to stretch a dollar to provide this important community service.
Libraries are extremely important to the overall well-being of our county and these libraries have flexed to meet the ever-changing needs of our community.
I have proposed to increase the 2020 County budget by two percent in both the contribution to the system and two percent to the County contribution to the Reading Public Library District Center. I believe these increases should go directly to wage increases for the employees. Although they are not County employees, they too should have the ability to receive a modest inflationary increase in wages.
Berks County’s Opioid Coalition - SOS Berks
I have been the Co-Chair of Berks’ Opioid Coalition for about 3 years since its’ creation. We have branded ourselves as SOS Berks. We have been working with Pennsylvania Opioid Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center through University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy. SOS Berks has developed a strategic plan with the help of the TAC. We are a dedicated group made up of a variety of key stakeholders and concerned community members who meet a tleast once a month. To name a few: Council on Chemical Abuse, Berks County’s District Attorney, MH/DD, Aging, Jail, Coroner, Caron Treatment, Berks County Medical Society, Easy Does It, Adult/Teen Challenge, NAACP, EMS providers, Dr. Barbera and Dr. Santoro from Tower Health, and many more! We are working to accomplish 8 goals. Some key accomplishments: the Warm Hand off program at Tower Health and Penn State Health St. Joseph, BlueCares, Narcan distribution, education in the community/workplaces, The Response Magazine, SOS Berks Facebook and website to come in summer of 2019.
The newest issue of our magazine "The Response" is HERE! Check out the online edition now: http://www.nxtbook.com/…/Res…/TheReponseSummer2019/index.php - For print copies or more information, please contact me or the Council on Chemical Abuse 610-376-8669.