Biography of Thomas C. Chernisky
Thomas C. Chernisky, Democrat
Location:200 South Center Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931
Thomas C. Chernisky is a Cambria County Commissioner. He grew up in Patton, in northern Cambria County, and now resides in Geistown. He is the father of two daughters, Taylor and Megan, and on July 8, 2020, he became a grandfather to a granddaughter, Emerson.
Tom was a Cambria County Jury Commissioner for two and a half terms (10 years) until his swearing in as County Commissioner in January of 2012. He also served twice as the President of the Pennsylvania State Association of Jury Commissioners. For his innovative ideas in the Jury Commissioners' Office in Cambria County and the State of Pennsylvania, he earned the Liberty Bell Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers' Division. He was a Financial Services Representative for MetLife for more than 25 years and earned the industry designations of Certified in Long-Term Care (CLTC) and Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF).
He has been very involved in the community over the years. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Cambria County Drug Coalition and a committee person for the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame. In the past, he was a committee person for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He has also served on the Community Action of Cambria County Board where he received the Paul Bennett Community Service Award for Leadership on two different occasions, with his most recent achievement in 2012. Other boards that he served on in the past include the Cambria County Transit Authority and the Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority. He is a past member of the Geistown Borough Planning Commission, as well.
Other accolades he is proud of include the following. Tom is only the second Commissioner in Cambria County history to graduate from the Commissioners’ School for Excellence sponsored by the County Commissioners’ Association of Pennsylvania in November 2018. In May 2019, he was the recipient of the Excellence in Advocacy by an Elected Official Award for his excellence in advocating for and participating in recovery–focused community events and responding to community-identified recovery support needs from Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania. He is also a two-time Cow Milking Champion at Vale Wood Farms, Loretto, PA.
Tom is an avid runner and participates in many community-based 5k and 10k races. He completed the Johnstown Path of the Flood, his first half marathon, in May 2014. On May 7, 2017, he completed his first marathon, the Pittsburgh Marathon. The 50K Ghostown Trail Challenge held on June 15, 2019, is his most recent accomplishment. In his spare time, he umpires professional baseball games. He also operates the shot clock for St. Francis University men’s and women’s basketball games.
This is Commissioner Chernisky's third consecutive term in office. On January 2, 2020 Commissioner Chernisky was again named to serve as President Commissioner of Cambria County.