Council hopes to fill its vacancy next week

November 27, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council expects next week to fill the vacancy of Vicki Jo Huff, who resigned Nov. 6 after criticizing fellow council members.

Monday night the council's search committee interviewed five candidates who had expressed interest in filling out Huff's remaining term. All five were men, said Mayor Louis Barlup, a search committee member.

The other two committee members are Council President Douglas Tengler and Council Vice President Charles "Chip" McCammon.

Huff, in her letter of resignation, said she was leaving the council because the other council members were holding discussions out of her presence and because of a lack of respect.


Huff was elected to the council six years ago.

According to Barlup, the committee has to meet once more to choose the person it will recommend to the full council. The council is expected to vote on Huff's replacement at its meeting next week.

Under Pennsylvania law, the council has 30 days, or until Dec. 6, to fill the vacancy. If the members fail to act by then, the matter is turned over to the council's vacancy committee which has 15 days to act. If the vacancy committee fails to fill the seat, the selection process moves to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas where a judge would choose Huff's successor.

The last time the council filled a vacancy was in 1997 when Allen Porter was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Delmos E. Oldham when Oldham was elected borough tax collector.

Porter, one of two people who sought the seat, took office Jan. 1, 1998, to fill out the remaining two years of Oldham's term. Porter ran successfully in 1999 for his own 4-year term.

Huff's successor will fill out the remainder of her term, which expires Dec. 31, 2003. After that, her successor would have to run for election to earn a four-year term representing Ward One.

Council members also facing re-election in 2003 are Porter, Ward Three, and Tengler, Ward Two.

Council elections are staggered with one ward representative coming up for re-election every two years. Members whose terms will be half-way through Dec. 31 are McCammon, Ardie Winters and John Cook.

Tengler, Porter and Ardie Winters are Republicans. So is Barlup. McCammon and Cook are Democrats, as was Huff. The council does not have to replace Huff with a Democrat.

The borough pays its council members $75 a month, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

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