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Washington Township Board of Supervisors chooses Cordell

April 16, 2001

Washington Township Board of Supervisors chooses Cordell



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


Arthur Cordell, a construction worker with experience in road, building and public utility construction, was chosen from among 11 candidates to replace the late Quinten Baumgardner on the Washington Township Board of Supervisors Monday night.

The vote appointing Cordell, 55, who lives on Old Mill Road in Waynesboro, was unanimous among the four remaining board members.

The process of finding a replacement for Baumgardner, 71, who suffered a fatal heart attack March 20, has been under way for more than a month.

The candidates had to be Republicans, must have lived in the township for a year and be able to make the board's four monthly meetings.

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Supervisors earn $50 for each meeting they attend.

John Beck, chairman of the board, said Cordell was chosen from the field of 11 candidates because of his expertise in the construction business and because he is a lifelong township resident.

Cordell said he has worked for AC&T of Hagerstown for 30 years.

Supervisor Richard Eigenbrode said choosing a successor for Baumgardner was one of the board's most difficult decisions. He urged the candidates who were passed over to continue to maintain an interest in township government.

"There are a lot of gray hairs up here," he said, referring to the ages of the current board members.

Cordell said that while he believes his experience in construction will be useful to the township, his interests will focus on youth matters in the community.

Baumgardner was elected to a six-year term less than two years ago. Cordell's appointment runs until Dec. 31. He said he will run in November for the remaining four years of Baumgardner's term.

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