City of Bethlehem

Mayor (2014 To present)
Robert J. Donchez


Mayor – (2014-Present)
Chief of Staff to Rep. Daniel T. McNeill (2012-2013)
Chief of Staff to Rep. Joseph F. Brennan (2007-2012)
Teacher – Allentown School District, Social Studies (1972-2007)


Liberty High School, Class of 1968
Kutztown State University, Class of 1972, Bachelor of Science Degree
Comprehensive Social Studies, Political Science
Graduate Courses – Kutztown State University, Wilkes University & DeSales College, Masters Degree Equivalent – 1991.

Church Affiliation:

Member of St. Anne’s R.C. Church
Lector and Usher at St. Anne’s
Member – St Anne’s Finance Committee – 1989
Co-Chairman of St. Anne’s 60th Jubilee Committee – 1989

Community Activities:

Member – Executive Board-Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation (2014-Present) (1998-2002)
Member of Board – Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation
(2014-Present) (1998-2002)
Member of Board – Lehigh Valley Industrial Park (2014-Present)
Member of Board – Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (2014-Present)
Member – Bethlehem City Council (1996-2013)
Member – President of Bethlehem City Council (2008-2012 (1998-2002)
Member – Board of Directors-Hispanic Center of Lehigh Valley (2012-2013)
Member – Board of Directors-Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority
Member of Board – Bethlehem Area Public Library (2004-2008) (1993-2000)
Member of Board – South Bethlehem Neighborhood Center
(2004-2006) (1990-1999)
Member of Board – Bethlehem Tourism Authority (1991-1996)
Member of Northampton County Drug & Alcohol Commission (1990-1995)
Member of City of Bethlehem Recreation Commission (1990-1993)
Member of City of Bethlehem Zoning Board (1983-1988)
Member of Northampton County Election Board (1983-1988)
Member of Board – Bethlehem Housing Authority (1978-1982)
Associate Member of Fraternal Order of Police Star Lodge #20
Member – Grover Cleveland Democratic Association
Member – Jefferson Democratic Club
Member – Good Fellows
Member – Regular Fellows


2005 – Allentown Education Association – Teacher of the Year (William Allen)
2001 – U.S. Presidential Scholars Program-Teacher Recognition Award (from the U.S. Department of Education)
2002, 2000, 1994, 1990 – Named to Who’s Who among America’s Teachers
2000 –Named to International Who’s Who of Public Service
1995 – Susquehanna University’s Russell Galt Award for Teaching Excellence
1977 – Named to Outstanding Young Men in America – (Award for Service in the Fields of Education, Community Service and Politics

Council Activities:

Member – Bethlehem City Council (1996-2014)
President of Bethlehem City Council (2008-2012 (1998-2002)
Member of Public Safety Committee – Chairman (2012-2014) (2002-2008)
Member of Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Community Policing
Member of Mayor’s Task Force on Community Policing (2005)
Member of Finance Committee (2012-2014 (2002-2005)
(Chairman 2004-2005) (1996-1998)
Member of Public Works Committee (2012-2014) (2006-2008)
Member of Parks & Public Property (2002-2006)
Member of Community Development Committee (Chairman 1996-1998)

Professional Associations:

Pennsylvania State Education Association (Retired Member)

Family History:

Lifelong resident of Bethlehem, PA
Born 3/27/50 – Bethlehem, PA
Married to the former Jayne A. Miller
Father of two children – Robert and Kristen
Son of, the late City Detective, John J. Donchez and Irene Donchez


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