Hampden Township Board of Commissioners


Standing (Left to Right): Kenneth E. Fetrow, President Al Bienstock, John P. Gaspich, Jr., Vice President John V. Thomas, and Nathan P. Silcox
Al Bienstock
Term Expires 1/2016

Local Emergency Preparedness Committee
Delegate to the Cumberland County Tax Collection Committee/Tax Bureau
Delegate to Cumberland York Area Local Defense Group
Cumberland County delegate to the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

In office consecutively since 1/2002

Al Bienstock is an insurance broker who has held ownership interests in several security related businesses and currently represents a firm providing security video and other services. He previously held administrative and management positions in financial departments of large corporations. Al has been a Hampden Township Commissioner since 2002. He previously served for many years on Hampden’s Planning Commission and Zoning Hearing Board. His involvement in the community encompasses a wide range of activities including: Governor-Elect Tom Ridge’s Transition Team; Governor Ridge’s IMPACCT Commission Task Force on Banking and Insurance; Tri-County and State Mental Health Associations; and Governor’s Advisory Committee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation. He served on the Boards of Pennsylvanians for Right to Work and AHEDD (training and job placement for individuals with developmental disabilities). He currently serves on the Boards of Citizens Against Higher Taxes, the Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research and Bethany Development Corp. (Bethany Towers). He was a soccer coach and co-founder of the Hampden Memorial Day Girls Soccer Tournament. Al has chaired training seminars at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, wrote an on-line political commentary newsletter for 13 years, and is an avid (amateur) magician. After enlisting and serving as an Army Security Agency cryptographer in the Far East, Al started his business career while going to college at night. He and Elyse, married in 1968, have lived in Hampden Township since 1975 and their two daughters were raised here.


John V. Thomas
Vice President
Term Expires 1/2016

Sewer Authority/Stormwater Authority Member
Stormwater Authority Liaison
Industrial Development Authority
Solid Waste
Alternate Delegate to the Central PA Association of Township Commissioners
Delegate to the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners
Chesapeake Bay Local Government Advance Committee- Governor’s Delegate
Cumberland County Transportation Planning Task Force- County Delegate

In office consecutively since 07/2007

John V. Thomas graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School (1963) and from Villanova University (1967), with a BS in Economics (Finance Major).  He was a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.  He is Vice President of the Hampden Township Board of Commissioners, Chairman of the Hampden Township Sewer Authority, Treasurer of the Cumberland County Recycling and Waste Authority, member of the Cumberland County Transportation Task Force, Vice Chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Local Government Advisory Board, member of the PA State Association of Township Commissioners Executive Committee, member of the Board of the Friends of Historic Peace Chruch and a Eucharistic Minister at Good Shepherd Church.  He has previously served as President of the following organizations:  PA State Association of Township Commissioners, PA State Association of Councils of Government, Central Association of Township Commissioners, West Shore Wage Tax Bureau, West Shore Council of Governments, South Central League of Municipalities, the Hampden Township Board of Commissioners, the Mechanicsburg North Rotary Club and the Good Shepherd Capital Campaign.  He served as VP of the PA Local Government Investment Trust.  He is also a past member of Governor Thornburgh’s Task Force for Housing and the United Way Allocations Committee.  John was selected as Harrisburg Magazine’s “Readers Choice” Stockbroker in 2004 and 2006 and “Simply the Best” Stockbroker in 2005.  He served in the 28th Infantry Division of the PA National Guard.  John is married to Judy Thomas.  They have one daughter, Kathleen (married to Edward Savage), and three grandsons, Michael, Ethan and Kyle.  John and Judy have lived in Hampden Township since 1973.

Nathan P. Silcox
Assistant Secretary
Term Expires 1/2018

Fire Company (Liaison)
Planning Commission (Liaison)
Veterans Recognition Committee (Liaison)
Delegate to the Capital Region Council of Governments (President)
Alternate Delegate to the Cumberland County Municipal Advisory Board
Delegate to the Central PA State Association of Township Commissioners (Past President)
Alternate Delegate to the PA State Association of Township Commissioners (Executive Board Member)
PA Local Government Records Committee (Governor’s Appointment)

In office consecutively since 1/25/2010

Nate Silcox has 20 years of experience in public policy at the state and local levels. He currently serves as Executive Director of the PA Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee. During his time in the Senate, Nate has served as the Executive Director of the Aging & Youth, Communications & Technology, and the Local Government Committees. He has also served in Senate Leadership Offices, assisting the Senate Majority Whip in the performance of floor duties and working for the Senate Majority Caucus Secretary as Legislative Director. In these capacities, Nate has had a major role in passage of the following laws: strengthening the National Guard Educational Assistance Program, permitting counties to establish Regional Booking Centers, expanding the Local Government Capital Project Loan Fund, permitting students with severe allergies to carry EpiPens to schools, authorizing Respite Care programs for senior citizens, and Chloe’s Law – protecting children with Down Syndrome. Nate started his career as a member of Governor Tom Ridge’s team in the Department of Education helping to establish academic standards, ensure school safety, and provide for additional educational opportunities.

As a Hampden Township Commissioner, Nate founded and chaired the Veterans Recognition Committee, which hosts the Township’s Memorial Day Service, holds an annual Golf Outing, and is leading the efforts to establish a Veterans Park & Memorial. Nate also established an annual Hampden Commissioners Breakfast with Business Leaders, which is now in it’s 6th Year. During his tenure, Armitage Golf Course was voted Simply the Best 3 out of 4 years while Nate served as liaison to the Golf Advisory Board; the COG won the Harrisburg Chamber’s 2013 Government Leader of the Year Award; and the Planning Commission – which is completing its first Comprehensive Plans since 1994 – has been lauded by Cumberland County as one of the area’s best. Meanwhile, the Fire Company – which responds to the third highest number of calls in the county each year – is currently undertaking a capital campaign to fund the purchase of major equipment and a strategic review of its operations.

Nate was born and raised in Silver Spring Township, graduated from Cumberland Valley School District, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Lock Haven University and received a Masters in Public Administration from Penn State Harrisburg. He is a member and Deacon at New Covenant Fellowship Presbyterian Church. He volunteers for Hampden Youth Baseball, the Central PA Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Model Legislature Committee, Junior Achievement, helped found the Central PA Fish Tank Scholarship Program (“Shark Tank” for high school students) and is a member of the West Shore Elks Club. He is married to Magisterial District Judge Kathryn Silcox, and has two children.



Kenneth E. Fetrow
Term Expires 1/2018

Public Works Department
Civil Service Commission
Recreation and Park Development

In office consecutively since 1/2006

Ken Fetrow was born and raised in Hampden Township.  He is a graduate of Cumberland Valley High School and the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey.  Commissioner Fetrow served 43 years in Police Service, 35 years as the Police Chief for Hampden Township.

John P. Gaspich, Jr.
Term Expires 1/2018

Sewer Authority Liaison
Sewer Authority/Stormwater Authority Member
Golf Advisory Board Liaison
Emergency Medical Services
Municipal Advisory Board Delegate
Capital Region Council of Governments Alternate Delegate

John P. Gaspich, Jr. is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), and is the Director of Internal Audit for a $1.3 billion entity. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University and possesses extensive experience in the intricacies of government and business operations. He is currently enrolled in the Executive Masters of Public Administration Program at the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute. While practicing at international public accounting firms, he specialized in the public services and governmental arena and provided financial assurance, compliance, and performance improvement consulting services to government and non-profit entities, including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and many of its agencies and departments, and numerous Pennsylvania counties. He has continually served on the Hampden Township Sewer Authority since 1996 and also served as a member of the Hampden Township Golf Advisory Board for three years. John and his wife, Anne, have lived in Hampden Township for over 20 years raising their four children.