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Bob Winkler recognized by PA Association of Mayors

by Joan Hellyer

Penndel Mayor Bob Winkler has an extra hat to wear now that he has been named “Mayor of the Year” in Pennsylvania.

The Association of Mayors of the Boroughs of Pennsylvania awarded the honor to Winkler in June.

The 76-year-old mayor took a moment out of his busy schedule recently to talk about the designation.

“I think that it is great to be honored,” he said and then quickly got right back to work.

The association honors a mayor each year for going “above and beyond” his or her normal duties.

Bob is more than deserving of the honor, according to Penndel Borough Council President Beverly Wolfe.

She nominated him for the award.

“He cares deeply and passionately for our little town and equally for the borough employees and businesses,” Beverly said in her nomination letter.

Bob first became mayor of the town of approximately 2,300 residents in early 2010.

He is credited with improving the borough’s police force by securing grants to buy the department its own building adjacent to Borough Hall.

The police officers previously operated out of one room in Borough Hall off Bellevue Avenue.

Mayor Winkler also is credited with organizing food drives and spearheading community events including Penndel’s Community Day every June and the town’s annual holiday tree lighting in December.

And he is not done yet.

“I would like to get more grants and services for the borough,” the mayor said. “I am trying my best to get more state and federal aid for police, fire, EMS, roads and parks and recreation.”

The mayor not only contributes his time to the borough that measures less than a square mile in length, but also donates the stipend he receives for his work back to Penndel to help enrich the community he has called home 1971.

Bob, a 1962 Neshaminy graduate, moved into the borough with his wife, Phyllis, just after they got married to raise their family.

He worked for almost 40 years as a carpenter in the Neshaminy School District before retiring in 2007.

Prior to becoming mayor, he volunteered as a firefighter “and did anything else no one wanted to do.”

Bob is in his third term and says he will consider running for a fourth term in 2021.

However, he wants other residents of the borough to step up and help run the town too

“This could be a great community,” Bob said. “We need a lot more people to come out of the shadows.”

PHOTO CAP: Bob Winkler