HARRISBURG, Pa. (ErieNewsNow) - After two terms in office, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is reflecting on his years in public service. From an unprecedented health crisis and criticism over lockdowns, to historic budget surpluses and praise over fiscal responsibility- it's hard to find a dull moment during his time as governor. 

ErieNewsNow State Capitol Correspondent, Brendan Scanland, sat down with the outgoing Democratic governor to recap his time leading the Commonwealth in an ErieNewsNow three-part special interview.

Part 3:

Brendan: What is the best piece of advice you can give to your successor, Governor-elect Shapiro?  

Gov. Wolf: I think the thing, and we've talked with together; Governor-elect Shapiro and I, and one of the things I think has been most helpful is we do what are called tabletop exercises. We actually get together the entire cabinet, agency heads, and we talk about things that might go wrong from snowstorms, to floods, to whatever, and try to figure out how should the state respond. You can't, as we've shown with COVID, you can't foresee everything that will come down the road. We can't foresee every flood. But what can we do to make things better? And I would suggest that one of the things that anybody in this position ought to do is - and we did that when I was in the private sector with my business - just roleplaying, you know, play out different scenarios and suggest what might go wrong, because those are the things - those things you don't know that might happen. Those are the things that really ought to keep you awake at night. The other thing is that I think the advice is keep working - and I've done this working with different ways to improve the processes of government - to make us more responsive to the people we serve. We need to do a better and better job. And this is a, as I say, a journey, not a destination. You're never going to get to perfection. What you've got to do is resolve that you're not going to stop trying to get better. And we need to keep trying to do a better job of serving the people in Pennsylvania.  

Brendan: One of my last questions is what is next for Governor Wolf?  

Gov. Wolf: So, I have three grandchildren. My wife and I, we've been married for, now we're in our 48th year. We have three grandchildren. I'm going to spend a lot more time with them and then reading and eating and sleeping. I'm 74 years old and so I'm looking forward to retirement. 

Brendan: Governor, any other parting words, any other messages you'd have for folks either back in Erie or up in the northern tier?

Gov. Wolf: Two things, as I mentioned to you before we started filming this, Erie is the Riviera of Pennsylvania, and only the people of Erie understand that because Presque Isle is actually the best place for a summer vacation in any place in Pennsylvania. So I think that's something that folks in Erie should remember and with great pride that they have a wonderful thing there. The other thing is, as I said, I think, you know, there is a bright future for Erie. It has really good bones. And as the the future unfolds, it's going to be very friendly to, I think, Erie.