MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Fox named to SEPTA board

NORRISTOWN An environmental lawyer and former Lower Merion official has been appointed Montgomery County's representative on the SEPTA board.

Robert D. Fox, a managing partner in the firm Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, was appointed March 5 to a five-year term on the transit agency board, filling the seat Leslie Richards held before being appointed state transportation secretary.

Fox, 54, a Democrat from Merion Station, has served on township boards for nearly 30 years, including the Zoning Hearing Board, Planning Commission, and Environmental Advisory Council.

He was appointed by a 2-1 vote, with Commissioner Bruce Castor saying he had expressed interest in the seat himself.

"I thought if a member of the currently sitting board was interested, the other members, unless they had a specific reason not to, should have supported me for that spot," Castor said after the meeting. "That's not to say I think Mr. Fox is a bad choice. Under any other circumstances, I would have supported him."

Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro said that Castor "wasn't up for nomination," and that Fox would bring long-term stability and land-use expertise to the board. - Jessica Parks