Mayor of the Year
Mayor of Heidelberg Borough
There are few Mayors who are the embodiment of their community as Dr. Ken LaSota. Not only was he raised in his Borough of Heidelberg, but he is proud of the fact that his parents were both raised there as well. Having deep roots in his hometown, Mayor LaSota has found many ways to serve his people.
During his 23 years as Mayor, Ken LaSota has been the official and unofficial ambassador of Heidelberg. Borough Council appointed him to the Heidelberg Planning Commission for 18 years, the Allegheny County Boroughs’ Association for 15 years, the South Hills Area Council of Governments for 13 years and the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority for 7 years.
An individual of many talents and civic interests, Mayor LaSota has served as a Board Member of many nonprofit organizations including the Allegheny Land Trust (9 years), the Local Government Academy (13 years), the Chartiers Valley Education Foundation (6 years), the Chartiers Mental Health Center (3 years), the Southwest Regional Dispatch Center (4 years), and the Greater Chartiers Valley Recovery Team (4 years). Despite his many activities, Mayor LaSota still found time to volunteer for 13 years with the American Red Cross, all the while continuing his day job as an Associate Professor of Geology at Robert Morris University.
Wherever he goes, Mayor LaSota promotes his community in every way possible, meeting and speaking in public forums, serving as grand marshal in 19 parades, officiating 74 weddings, maintaining a 90% attendance rate at Council meetings and interacting with Borough residents and businesses. He has even published two articles on the history and economic vitality of Heidelberg Borough in statewide and local publications.
Although he has been involved in many initiatives in Heidelberg Borough including a significant expansion of the Heidelberg Borough Police Department, he is most proud of his leadership with the Tri-Community Streetscape Project, a project among three municipalities including Heidelberg Borough. The Project was funded by a $2.4 million federal transportation grant and a $250,00.00 award from the Allegheny County Infrastructure and Tourism Fund. It involved the construction of new crosswalks, sidewalks, decorative lighting and benches throughout three communities. When the project was completed, the project was acclaimed to be “transformational” for the business district running through Heidelberg Borough.
For his many accomplishments and the exemplary manner in which he has held the Office of Mayor, the PSMA calls upon all Mayors to recognize and congratulate Mayor Ken LaSota as our 2020 “Mayor of the Year.”
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