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press photo by bernie o’hareFreemansburg Mayor Gerald Yob believes in serving the people literally. press photo by bernie o’hareFreemansburg Mayor Gerald Yob believes in serving the people literally.

Mayor Yob not done yet

Monday, January 30, 2017 by Bernie O’Hare Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

During Freemansburg’s popular National Night Out in early August, you’ll find Mayor Gerald Yob behind the grill. Instead of surrounding himself with fawning sycophants, he grills hamburgers and hot dogs, and at no charge, for hungry people.

You’ll see him at every parade and borough event. On Northampton County’s Gaming Authority, with his quiet but very effective voice for his borough’s 2,600 residents, he managed to persuaded his much larger neighbors to fund a grant for a modern police station.

He’s been mayor for 36 years, and before that, served 12 years on council. Believe it or not, he wants one last term.

Yob believes his biggest accomplishment in borough government has been its police department. He’d like to beef it up a little in his last term. In contrast to some other boroughs, Yob made clear that the mayor and council should help the police department, but stay away from telling it how to do its job.

He’s 87 years old and looks 20 years younger His mother lived until she was 102 and his father died at age 93.

Combining his years on council and as Mayor, Yob has served Freemansburg for 48 years.

West Easton Mayor Gerald Gross has him beat. When he retires at the end of this year, he will have spent 52 years as mayor and council member.