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April 18, 2014

Callen gets state honors

NEW CASTLE — Robert Callen has been selected to receive a state award for his contribution to local government in Pennsylvania.

Callen, 58, executive director of the Lawrence County Regional Council of Governments, received the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence.

The honor was be presented Tuesday at the state Capitol in Harrisburg.

Callen was nominated for the award by Linda Costa, the Pennsylvania Council of Governments executive director, because of his extensive history with councils of government in the state.

From 1975 to 1988, he was executive director of the Steel Valley Council of Governments, which included 10 municipalities.

In 1991, he became the part-time head of the Lawrence County Regional Council of Governments, which includes 24 of the 27 Lawrence County municipalities. He still oversees that organization.

He simultaneously serves as part-time executive director of the Beaver County Regional Council of Governments, which represents 42 municipalities.

Callen is a former manager of Crafton Borough, a position he left this month to become manager of Munhall Borough.

He also has been affiliated with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development as recovery plan coordinator for the city of Duquesne from 2001 to 2013.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree from St. Vincent College, a master of science degree from Duquesne University, and a master of public administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s graduate school of public and international affairs.

Callen lives with his wife of 40 years, Donna, in Peters Township, Washington County. They have three children and two grandchildren.

In his leisure time, Callen is an actor and member of the Screen Actors Guild and has had parts in several movies.

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