WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A seizure of power within the Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday further strained relations between councilmen and was labeled a cowardly act by the member ousted as president.
Councilman Ronnie Martin was named president to succeed Craig Newcomer, who later described the two members who backed Martin as his "puppets."
The surprise change came during a meeting in which Councilman Jason Stains was absent. All six members of council attended every meeting in December and January, according to approved minutes.
"I think it was cowardly to wait until Mr. Stains wasn't here," Newcomer said.
During the "committee reports" section of Wednesday's meeting, Councilman Charles "Chip" McCammon announced he wanted council to reorganize. He nominated Martin for president and was supported by Ben Greenawalt.