Thursday, October 1, 2015

Lower Pottsgrove Interviews Five for Watson's Seat

Photo by Evan  Brandt
The five applicants to fill the vacant seat on the Lower Pottsgrove Township Board of Commissioners are, from left, Charles Nippert, Justin Valentine, Rovert Franciosse, B. Scott Fulmer and Ray Lopez.

It was a very public job interview.

The five men who expressed interest in being selected to fill the seat on the Lower Pottsgrove Township Board of Supervisors left vacant by the resignation of Shawn Watson began the evening standing in the hall outside the township meeting room.

One by one, they were asked inside where Board Vice Chairman Stephen Klotz asked them the same seven questions at an open public meeting.

Roughly, the seven questions were:
1) Why do you want to be a township commissioner?
2) What qualifications to you have to be a commissioner?
3) What are your long term goals with the township?
4) How long have you lived in Lower Pottsgrove?
5) Will your employer allow you to be an elected official?
6) Is there anything which would prevent you from serving as a township commissioner?
7) If you could change one thing about Lower Pottsgrove Township, what would it be?

Then the other commissioners would occasionally ask other questions.

The whole thing lasted about an hour and Klotz said the board will vote at Monday's meeting on their choice.

If there is a tie vote -- as is possible with only four commissioners currently on the board -- the fifth vote will be provided by the vacancy board, which is the board plus former Pottsgrove High School football stand-out Terrell Chestnut, who is currently away at college, providing the fifth vote, said Klotz.

Here are the Tweets from the interviews.

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