Shaler Township Elected Officials
Board of Commissioners
In accordance with the PA First Class Township Code, the Shaler Township Board of Commissioners is charged with the general governance of the Township, the execution of legislative, executive and administrative powers in order to ensure the sound fiscal management of the Township and securing the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the community.
The tax collector is an elected office that is permitted by Pennsylvania Law and governed by the First Class Township Code. Tax collectors serve a 4 year term of office.
- Collecting all taxes or assessments levied within the jurisdiction by authorities empowered to levy taxes.*
- Keeping/providing reports as requested.
- Providing for certifications necessary for re-financing or settlement of real property.
- Performing other duties associated with the legal requirements of the office.
- Receiving, disbursing, and keeping a general accounting of monies received
Magisterial District Judge
The Magisterial District Court is a court of limited jurisdiction. They handle landlord-tenant matters, small civil claims (cases involving amount in controversy up to $12,000), summary offenses, violations of municipal ordinances, and preliminary hearings and arraignments in greater misdemeanor and felony offenses pursuant to Pennsylvania's Rules of Criminal Procedure which go on to be tried in the courts of common pleas. Magisterial District Courts may issue emergency protection from abuse orders when the domestic relations branches of the courts of common pleas are closed.
Magisterial district courts divide up their jurisdiction by geographical location. Most such districts include several municipalities. Magisterial District Judges do not have to be lawyers; however, those who are not lawyers are required to complete a certification course prior to serving. The magisterial district courts are supervised by the president judge of the court of common pleas of that judicial district.