Farewell to retiring Ordinance Officer Lori Sowash

Date: April 13, 2018

Everyone who has met Lori Sowash, even when on the receiving end of a warning or citation for an ordinance violation, knows her smile. Unfortunately for Ferguson Township, she is retiring from her position and leaving the State College area for a southern climate. She leaves the Township after more than two years of service, having been sworn in February 22, 2016 as the Township's Ordinance Enforcement Officer. 

Lori reported to both the Township’s Police Department and Planning & Zoning Department. She enforced ordinances governing parking as well as animal control, sign regulation and property addressing. She patrolled for unregistered and abandoned vehicles, snow not cleared from sidewalks within 24 hours, road debris that can cause traffic hazards, and overgrowth of grass, weeds and other vegetation. She also enforced the Township’s sign ordinance, which was revised last year. 

Prior to joining Ferguson Township, Lori had worked for 12 years as an Ordinance Enforcement Officer for the Borough of State College and was promoted in 2010 to Health Technician, where her primary responsibility was restaurant inspections. She also served as a Dog Officer for the Borough and College Township, and handled health-related issues in Ferguson and Patton Township. In addition, she served as a member of the Borough Wellness Committee and United Way Committee.

Ferguson Township residents knew her smile and her willingness to be a helpful resource on ordinance questions. She encouraged people to call her with questions. 

Farewell, Lori, and best wishes for a very happy retirement. 

Photo: Lori with her going-away present from her coworkers at the Township