Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Four Apply to Replace Ziegler on Douglass Board

Tuesday night's Board of Supervisor's meeting only took 16 minutes (a new record?) but some pretty important things happened from an official standpoint.

First of all, given that last month the board accepted the resignation of now-former supervisor Fred Ziegler as part of the former police chief's plea bargain concluding his trial on theft charges, there were only two of them to vote.

So any disagreement meant a tie vote.

But the two remaining supervisors, Anthony Kuklinski and Alan Keiser, agreed on everything, including the re-appointment of Kuklinski as chairman and Keiser as vice chairman.

They also agreed on the re-appointment of Peter Hiryak as township manager and Robert Brant as township solicitor, along with a number of other appointments.

But perhaps the most important item was the replacement of Ziegler.

By law, they have until Jan. 19 to make the selection, or the vacancy board takes the matter in hand.

However the board seems to have things under control.

So far four people have applied to replace Ziegler and they will be publicly interviewed, as is required by law, at a special meeting, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. at the township building.

The four who applied are Constable Josh Stouch; former supervisor John Stacik, whom Keiser ousted in 2015; Roger Updegrove, who has served on the township's recreation and Act 209 committees, and George Kirkwood.

Kuklinski said the board will consider any additional applicants interested up until the special meeting on Jan. 14.

The final vote on a replacement will take place at the Tuesday, Jan. 17 meeting.

The supervisors were asked if Stouch can hold two elected offices at the same time. Hiryak said that matter is currently "being researched."

I guess we'll have to wait to see how that shakes out.

In the meantime, here is a meager Twitter offering a very short meeting.

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