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Saylor to fill council seat

March 07, 2003|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

SHARPSBURG - A familiar face to longtime residents has rejoined the Sharpsburg Town Council.

Jeff Saylor, a former vice mayor, was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the council at Monday night's mayor and council meeting, Mayor Hal Spielman said.

Spielman took over as mayor on Saturday after Sid Gale's resignation as mayor took effect. Gale said last month he wanted to spend more time with his children and was taking on more responsibility for Antietam Health Services Inc., where he is director of physician practices.

Spielman said he was sworn in Feb. 25 by the clerk of Washington County Circuit Court.

Councilman Ralph Hammond was unanimously approved to take over as vice mayor, Spielman said. With the promotion, Hammond gains two more years before his seat is up for re-election. The vice mayoral post will next be due for election in November 2006.

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Saylor filled the vacancy created by Hammond's promotion. Saylor's council seat and the mayoral post will be due for election in November 2004.

Saylor was a councilman and vice mayor in the 1980s, Spielman said. Saylor resigned as vice mayor Dec. 31, 1987, citing his busy schedule with two jobs and his involvement in the Lions Club, according to Herald-Mail archives.

Saylor is an instructional aide at Western Heights Middle School and lives on West Main Street, according to Spielman and Town Clerk Anna Louise Jamison.

Spielman said he swore in Hammond and Saylor at Monday night's meeting.

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