News Release – February 1, 2022: Paul Cornell Named League’s Interim Director of Insurance Services

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PAUL K. Cornell named The League’s interim director of insurance services

Harrisburg, PA (February 1, 2022) – League Executive Director John Brenner has named Paul K. Cornell as Interim Director of Insurance Services. Paul, who recently retired after 40+ years in municipal work and stepped down as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The League’s PennPRIME Trusts at the end of 2021, assumed this interim position with The League effective today.  

“We are delighted that Paul Cornell has assumed the Interim Director of Insurance Services post here at The League,” said League Executive Director John Brenner. “His professionalism, solid local government experience and management skills will help guide the PennPRIME Trusts over the next several months.”

Paul brings extensive municipal management experience to the position of Director of Insurance Services and has served as the most recent Chairman of the PennPRIME Trusts since 2017 and previously as a Trustee for six years. He has also worked with PennPRIME as a member of various committees and work groups since the early 2000s. The League is pleased to have Paul help guiding the Trusts over the next six months as we conduct a comprehensive search for a permanent Director of Insurance Services. 

As a service program of The League since 1987, PennPRIME is designed to offer a broad, cost-effective insurance program addressing the unique exposures of municipal entities. Composed of two Trusts, PennPRIME is a collective of members that join together to obtain risk management services which control the total cost of risk to municipalities, including comprehensive property, liability and workers’ compensation coverage, safety training, and personalized claims handling.

PennPRIME offers hands-on leadership and advocacy, a stable alternative to the uncertainties of commercial insurance carriers, a voice in management, custom-tailored coverage programs and a wide range of safety and training resources to assist in the process.

“I am pleased to serve in this Interim Director position with The League’s PennPRIME Insurance Trusts, where it has always been municipal insurance from people with municipal interests and backgrounds,” said Paul Cornell. “We know the needs of municipalities, and we provide insurance for those needs, as well as important training and assistance.” 

Paul retired as a Township Manager in January of 2022 having served in East Hanover Township, Dauphin County since 2016 and prior to that as Township Administrator for Swatara Township, Dauphin County since 1997. He has also served as City Manager for the City of Lock Haven for five years and as the first Township Manager for Newtown Township, Bucks County for five years after starting his career in Upper Southampton, Bucks County as an Assistant Township Manager.  

He is a past President of The League’s secretariat, the Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Management (APMM), from 2016 to 2017, and was also a member of the Professional Development Committee for 19 years where he served as Chairman for six of those years. He has a Master’s in Administration from Antioch University, a Bachelor’s of Science from Temple University and an Associate’s Degree from Penn State University.  

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