People Above Politics

Litz brings Local Government, Small Business, and Conservation Experience to the Table.

   Jo Ellen is a 5-term Lebanon County Commissioner who is the Boots on the Ground for local government implementing programs to Protect Children, Serve Families, Secure Justice, Manage Emergencies, and Safeguard Elections.  In short, Commissioner Litz Safeguards the Public Trust.

Whether it was the 2004 Campbelltown Tornado, Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, Jonas 30" Snowstorm 2016 , or the Summer Storm of 2018,

I've been here for you.

Litz was elected by her peers from across the state of Pennsylvania to serve as the 2012 president and 2013 chairman of the Board for the statewide commissioner's association. 

Litz is about starting a conversation from public structures like roads and bridges, water and sewer, schools, and energy.  A sound infrastructure is the basis of a sound economy.  Litz believes we need these Economy Boosting Jobs to put money into the pockets of people so that they can buy homes, cars, and goods.  Litz supports a transportation plan to make our roads and bridges safe.  In this way, we will create good paying jobs, get people to these jobs, our goods to market, and children to schools. 

Jo Ellen served as the chair of the MPO (2012-15)--Metropolitan Planning Organization for Lebanon County--where she helps to prioritize local road and bridge projects with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. 

Keep Litz doing the People's Business.


As We Ignite our Generation 2015 - Duration- 3 minutes, 59 seconds


County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz speaks to voters- Duration- 78 seconds


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Invest in my campaign for commissioner.  As a TEAM, we can overcome Big Money, and make this a People's Campaign.  Are you with me?

Each of us is at a different place in our life.  Some people can volunteer time.  Other people can provide financial support--$5, $50, or $500 a month.  Whatever your situation, your contribution of time and or money is gratefully appreciated.   

Your early and/or monthly donation will help Jo Ellen to get elected by printing literature, reserving media buys, ordering signs….  

Thank you for your help and support during this campaign.  Your unwavering commitment is the wind beneath my wings.

On election day, every vote matters.  You matter!  And I can't win this race without you.


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Thank you for your support and for all that you do.

Sincerely, Jo Ellen

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Team Litz:  Treasurer, Cathy Garrison

Honorary Chair:     Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll --a woman who broke the glass ceiling and contributed greatly to PA politics; born in 1930, died November 12, 2008.

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Court of Common Pleas:  400 S 8th St., Lebanon PA  17042wpe13.jpg (23251 bytes)


President Judge John C. Tylwalk (2009)


Judge Samuel A. Kline


Judge Brad Charles (1.2000)


Senior Judge Robert J. Eby


Judge Charles Jones (1.2010)








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Formal pictures of all the judges hang on the wall of Court Room #1.


The primary mission of the 52nd Judicial District is to provide access to, and justice for, all of the residents of Lebanon County.


Lebanon County was a one judge Judicial District until 1968.   Thirteen years later, our third judgeship was added.  Enormous change has been experienced both in the type and quantity of matters presented for disposition.  For example, in 1997, the most recent year for which complete statistics were available, the Court disposed of 43% more criminal cases than in 1991.  Further, data indicates the judges disposed of 150% more cases during that same year than in 1981.


According to Judge Robert J. Eby, Lebanon County was rated as number one of the Fifth Class Counties and number two for all of the Counties of the Commonwealth for Statewide Jury Efficiency.


bullet52-1-01 MARIE DISSINGER (O) 502 State Dr., Lebanon 279-0300

First, Second, Third, Sixth & Seventh Wards in the City of Lebanon (2005)

bullet52-2-01 THOMAS CAPELLO (O) 502 State Dr., Lebanon 279-0400

Fourth, Fifth Eighth, Ninth &Tenth Wards in the City of Lebanon (2009)

bullet52-3-01 TONY VERNA (O) 728 E. Walnut St., Lebanon 272-3084

Cornwall, Mt. Gretna, Myerstown, Richland  Boroughs and Heidelburg, Jackson, Millcreek

South Lebanon & West Cornwall Townships (2005)

bullet52-3-03 KIM WOLFE (O) Jonestown Borough Hall 865-6605

Jonestown Borough, Bethel, North Lebanon, Swatara and West Lebanon Townships (2005)

bullet52-3-04 MICHAEL D. SMITH (O) Cleona Boro Hall, 138 W. Walnut St., Cleona, 273-0885

Cleona Borough and Cold Spring, Annville, East Hanover, North Annville and Union Townships (2009)

bullet52-3-05 CARL GARVER (O) 325 S. Railroad St., Palmyra 838-8151

Palmyra Borough, N Cornwall, N Londonderry, S Annville & S Londonderry Townships (2005)