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WCHA honors veteran board chairman

Westmoreland County Housing Authority Tuesday (June 21, 2022) honored one its longest and most loyal advocates Board Chairman Daniel J. Wukich.

At the Authority’s meeting, Executive Director Michael L. Washowich announced the renaming of the board room as the Daniel J. Wukich Executive Board Room in honor of Mr. Wukich’s 22 years of service on the board, two decades of which he has been chairman.

From left to right: Eric Spiegel, Director of Architecture & Engineering, Board Vice President Thomas S. Abraham, Board Secretary Joseph A. Dalfonso, Board Chairman Daniel J. Wukich, Executive Director Michael L. Washowich, Solicitor William J. McCabe, and Mark E. Swetz, Comptroller.

“I don’t know if you’re aware, but this is 20th year as chairman,” said Mr. Washowich. “On behalf of the Board of Commissioner and all of us in this room along with our 115 employees and all of our residents, I want to thank you for your 22 years of service.”

He added, “Your leadership and guidance along with the support you offered to all the board members over the past 20 years has enabled this organization to reach new heights.”

“I remain humble and grateful to have worked with you and all the board members through the years.  I want to  personally thank you for your support and friendship,” he said. 

Mr. Washowich pointed out that it was with the unanimous consent of the board that the board room was dedicated to and renamed after Mr. Wukich.

Obviously surprised, a modest Mr. Wukich offered a simple “wow” for the dedication.

He continued, “It seem like yesterday. It really does and I’m so happy that we’ve been able to accomplish what our objective has always been which is to provide good, quality housing in Westmoreland County.”

Having moved to Westmoreland County about 55 years ago, Mr. Wukich said he soon decided it would be the last place he was ever going to live. “I will never move from this place again,” he stated.

“I’m overwhelmed. I want to thank you and the board and everybody at the Authority,” said Mr. Wukich. “I can’t say it’s always been a pleasure, but it’s always been interesting! Thank you again.”

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