In Pennsylvania, municipal elections occur in odd numbered years and the governing boards formed by those elections swear-in new members at a meeting that following January. At that same meeting the board will reorganize, including making various appointments or assignments. If participating, one of those appointments is Delegate to the Council of Governments (COG). In a wholly unscientific anecdotal survey, it has been observed that this duty is often assigned to the newest member(s) of the board; i.e. an individual just elected in November. This results in that newly elected official having to learn the ropes of their office and what it takes to be a member of the board of an organization intended for regional action. Challenging!
To help, here is a handy top-ten list of ways COG Delegates can make a difference.
Susan Hockenberry's blog of suggestions for info and updates.