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Local attorney, 29, named to Borough Council

December 05, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A local attorney was appointed Wednesday night to fill the Borough Council vacancy left by the resignation of Vicki Jo Huff.

Clinton Barkdoll, at 29 the council's youngest member, was chosen from a field of five applicants who sought the seat. He was sworn in by Mayor Louis Barlup Jr. and took the seat at the end of the bench formerly occupied by Huff.

Barkdoll will represent Ward One.

He said he put his name in the running for a council seat because it offers an opportunity to serve the community.

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"First Ward residents can call me anytime," he said. "I will always be available."

Council President Douglas Tengler appointed Barkdoll to the council's downtown revitalization and finance committee.

Barkdoll will fill out the remaining 13 months of Huff's current term. If he wants to stay on the council he will have to file for the May 2004 primary and run in November if he's successful in May.

The terms of Tengler and Councilmen Allen Porter also come up again next year.

Barkdoll is a lifelong Waynesboro resident. He earned a bachelor's degree from High Point University in North Carolina and a law degree from Dickinson University in Carlisle, Pa. He is a partner in the law firm of Kulla and Barkdoll with main offices in Waynesboro.

His law partner, Steve Kulla, is a member of the Waynesboro School Board.

Barkdoll is married. He and his wife, Amy, have no children.

Huff, a six-year council veteran and its only woman member, resigned Oct. 6, claiming the members violated the state's sunshine law and held meetings out of her presence.

Huff has been sitting in the audience at council meetings, often taking notes.

"I'm just watching," she said Wednesday night. "I don't know how long I'll keep doing this, but I'm not going to walk away."

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