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A six-member Council and Mayor govern the Borough. Two Council members are elected from each ward and they serve for a four-year term. The terms for Council members are staggered.

Borough Council establishes policies and regulations in order to maintain the health, safety and welfare of our residents. A full-time professional staff implements these policies and regulations, which is under the direction of an appointed Borough Manager.

The Mayor is elected at large and serves for a four-year term. He oversees the operation of the Police Department to insure its integrity and ability to provide public safety to the residents.

Annually, in April Franklin Park Borough seeks resumes from Borough high school students to participate in the Junior Councilperson Program.  Adopted in 2002, Borough Council saw an opportunity and value of incorporating a Junior Councilperson Program into local government. The program is designed to encourage high school juniors and seniors to participate in local government and to provide their perspective and input. The program runs for the length of the school year. Click here to view an summary of the position. If you are interested in the position submit a letter of interest and a resume to Franklin Park Borough. If you have further questions call the Borough Manager at 412-364-4115 ext. 310.

If you are interested in contacting a member of Borough Council or the Jr. Councilperson click on the highlighted names below:


Laura Coombs (Second Vice-President)
James W. Hogg (President)


Jane A. Hopey
John P. Parks (Vice President)


James W. Lawrence
Thomas C. Schwartzmier

Dennis O'Keefe, Mayor

Jr. Council Person - Sebastian Immonen

Featured Biographies

Name: Laura Coombs
Second Vice President, Borough Council
Serves on the following Borough Committees:
Deer Management
*Land Use/Planning

*North Hills COG
Represents Ward:
Served Since:
2005-2007, 2012-present
Resided in the Borough since: 1997
Employment/Occupation: CFO, St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland
Sales, Inflammation Solutions
SUNY @ Buffalo, BA 1984
Attending Penguins games and shows for the Pittsburgh Broadway Series
Organizations/Memberships and community activities:
*Franklin Park Republican Committee
*St. John's Preschool Board of Directors
Husband: Ron
Daughter: Kim Son: Daniel
Goals for Borough Government:

*Promote balanced residential & non-residential development that preserves the rural character while allowing for economic growth.
*Increase communication & resident awareness of Borough issues.

Name: James W. Hogg

Position: President, Borough Council
Serves on the following Borough Committees:
*Public Safety
*Public Works

Represents Ward: 1
Served Since: 2014

Resided in the Borough since: 1991
Education: BSBA, Bowling Green State University, 1980
Organizations/Memberships and Community Activities:
*Volunteer, North Hills Community Outreach
*Franklin Park Republican Committee
Family: Wife - Debbie
Son - Bryan Daughter - Brittany
Goals for Borough Government:
As a council member, I will focus my efforts on continuously improving the services the borough offers to its residents. Priorities include public safety, road maintenance, recreational facilities, and sound financial management. We must also maintain a proper balance between commercial and residential development.

Name: Jane A. Hopey

Position: Borough Council

Serves on the Following Committees:
*Recreation/Golf Course

Represents Ward:  2

Served Since:  Jan 2006

Resided in Borough since: 1977

*Hopey Heating and Cooling

Hobbies and Interests:
*Gardening, reading, hiking, kayaking and wine making
Organizations/Memberships and Community Activities:

*Past Trustee of Northland Library Authority Board
*Saint John Neumann's Women's Guild
*Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer

Family:  Mike and I have been married for more than 46 years. We are very proud of our adult children Marcie, Michael and Sara and enjoy spending as much time as possible with our five grandchildren, soon to be six.

Goals for Borough Government: My goal as a member of Borough Council will be to maintain the Borough's low tax rate while continuing to provide the outstanding public services, such as police protection, snow removal, road repair and recreational opportunities, which we have all come to expect from our local government.

I will continue to proactively address the needs of Franklin Park's residents and I am committed to maintaining Franklin Park as one of the premier communities in Western Pennsylvania.

Name: Thomas C. Schwartzmier

Position: Member, Borough Council

Serves on the Following Committees:
*Public Safety
*Land Use/Planning
*Deer Management

Represents Ward:  3

Served Since:  August 2015

Resided in Borough since: 1978

Employment/Occupation: UPMC, Program Manager, Construction

B.S. Civil Engineering (University of Cincinnati)
Licensed Professional Engineer (Pennsylvania)
Hobbies and Interests: Charitable Work
*Motorcycle Riding

Organizations/Memberships and Community Activities:
Caring Hearts Ministry 501(c)3 non-profit, Secretary

Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers

Family:  Wife: Cindy
Daughter - Alexandria (Scholze) Son - Brad

Goals for Borough Government: To maintain Franklin Park Borough as one of the top communities in the United States. This will require continued but carefully controlled growth, maintenance of existing roads, parks and other infrastructure, and keeping the local property tax rate as one of the most affordable in the area.

In the next several years, the Borough will continue to improve the Parks and Recreation facilities and will be supporting the construction of a new volunteer fire company station. The Borough has carefully planned for these capital improvements to lessen the impact of them on residents. 


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