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Township to search for new supervisor

August 16, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - With the resignation of Robert Whitmore, chairman of the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors, effective Aug. 31, the other supervisors must begin looking for a replacement.

"The remaining supervisors have 30 days to appoint someone to (Whitmore's) position after his resignation is effective," Antrim Township Solicitor John Lisko said. "They have until the end of September."

If the supervisors fail to appoint someone within 30 days, a vacancy board will make the decision within 15 days, Lisko said. The vacancy board would be made up of board members Curtis Myers, Samuel Miller, James Byers and Scott Diffenderfer, and vacancy board Chairman John McDowell.

"If they don't appoint someone in 15 days, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas shall appoint someone based on a petition signed by not less than 15 voters in the community," Lisko said.

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The procedure would ensure that a new supervisor would be appointed within two months, Lisko said.

In order for a person to be appointed to the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors, he or she must be a voter of the township and must have lived in the township for at least one year.

Although Whitmore was the chairman of the board of supervisors, his successor will not necessarily be appointed to that position, Lisko said.

"I think what (the supervisors) would have to do is ... vote who should be the chairman" after a new supervisor is appointed, Lisko said.

Whitmore, who served on the board for 16 years, said he resigned because he had been juggling his full-time job and other obligations.

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