Chet Derr dedicated the prime years of his adult life to Upper Dublin Township.
The longtime township commissioner, youth sports coach, and force behind the Upper Dublin Sports Park is this year’s recipient of the Upper Dublin Outstanding Citizen Medal, writes Linda Finarelli of the Ambler Gazette.
Derr, a 1983 graduate of Upper Dublin High School, served as an Upper Dublin Township commissioner for 16 years, stepping down in 2015. During that time, he was vice president of the board for four years and served as chair of the Public Safety Works & Services and Contracts committees. He also served on an Economic Development and Finance Committee, the Historical Use Ordinance Committee and others.
According to Finarelli, Derr is a part owner and vice president of Derr Flooring Co., a fifth-generation business founded in 1912 and headquartered in Willow Grove.
Derr was a strong proponent of youth sports and fitness, championing the township’s funding and state grant acquisition toward the construction of the Upper Dublin Sports Park, known as SPARK. He also helped craft the SPARK memorandum of understanding that defines funding, fees, and improvements along with seasonal sport-specific use priorities of the fields, the medal committee said.
Athletics have always been a part of Derr’s life. At Upper Dublin High School, he played football and was on the track team, and at Moravian College he played football for one year and was involved in winter and spring track for four years.
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