GOP chair Hummel named to replace Forbes as Pike County commissioner

March 16, 2011 Pike County Republican Committee Chairwoman Kathy Hummel has been named as interim replacement for Pike County Commissioner Harry Forbes. President Judge Joseph Kameen chose Hummel from 13 applicants on March 8. Sitting commissioners Rich Caridi and Karl Wagner made no mention of the appointment at Wednesday’s regular meeting, which Hummel did not attend because she is out of town. Hummel is a board member of several local organizations, including the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce. She will serve as commissioner through the end of the year and is not running for another term. Republican candidates aiming for the commissioner seat in the May primary are Milford Councilman Matthew Osterberg and Delaware Valley School District board member Pam Lutfy. Both applied for the interim commissioner position. Caridi a Republican and Wagner, a Democrat, are also up for re-election this year. Commissioner terms all run at the same time. In addition to Hummel, Lutfy and Osterberg, the other 10 applicants for the interim commissioner position were Milford residents Jan Hurwitz, James Price, Douglas Luhrs, Donald Quick, Randolph Gregory, Timothy Ludwig Haken and Kurt Brink; and Neal Grim of Hawley and Robert Phillips and David Farrington of Shohola.