WAYNESBORO, Pa. - There was little surprise among most of Paul Benchoff's competitors Tuesday night that the Washington Township Supervisors picked him over them to fill the seat vacated by James Kirby.
Benchoff said he was not surprised that he won the appointment.
"I knew I had two votes, but I wasn't sure of the third," he said.
Benchoff served as a supervisor for 18 years until he stepped down two years ago.
Board members Arthur Cordell, Stewart McCleaf and Richard Mohn Jr., on a McCleaf motion with a second by Mohn, voted to appoint Benchoff to serve out the remainder of Kirby's term, which ends Dec. 31, 2007.
Supervisor Chris Firme cast the opposing vote although he did not come up with a nominee of his own.
Cordell and McCleaf tried to run Benchoff's appointment through at a meeting earlier this month without following the township's historic process of holding public interviews with candidates. Firme managed to talk his colleagues into going the interview route.