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Laid-back Clear Spring is a good match for its mayor

Paul D. Hose says, 'I got in (office) and I enjoy the town'

August 09, 2010|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

CLEAR SPRING -- Paul D. Hose, 62, didn't plan on serving the last few decades in public office.

After two years as vice mayor of Clear Spring in the early 1980s, the last thing he was planning to do was run for mayor.

If anything, he wanted a break, he said.

But when no one ran for the job in 1984, he accepted the mantle.

In 1989, he finally got his break from public office, only to be elected again as mayor in 1992 by a write-in vote.

For 26 of the last 28 years, Hose, 62, has led the town of Clear Spring as either mayor or vice mayor, but the position does not define him.

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When asked what he does, his answer is simple.

"I work at Volvo Powertrain," he said. "I've been a repairman on the assembly line for 37 years."

Yet every day at 3:30 p.m., when others go home, Hose stops by the small brick town hall on U.S. 40 and becomes a mayor.

"He signs the checks. I tell him what happened during the day and what we need him to do," Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said.

The afternoon atmosphere at town hall is relaxed, like an old pair of jeans that after years of wear fits just perfectly.

Leaning back in a chair, Hose shrugs when asked how he influenced that atmosphere and just says, "We work well together."

"And he has a good working relationship with the council, too," Grimm said.

Laid-back Clear Spring is a good match for Hose, a native of Williamsport.

It is also what has made him file to run for his office every two years, he said.

"I got in (office) and I enjoy the town," he said.

Hose is up for re-election in 2011, Grimm said.

So will he run again? That question, Hose deferred to Grimm.

Turning to his clerk for guidance, Hose put his future in Grimm's hands.

"Of course he is," she said. She added with a laugh, "We are a team and I am not ready to retire yet."

Nodding in agreement, Hose said that while he plans to run for mayor again, he will not campaign.

"People tell me I'm a politician," he said. "I tell (them) I'm not. Politicians campaign. I've never campaigned. I don't consider myself a politician. And I try not to lie."

Grimm said Hose never really needed to campaign for the position, as he earned the support of his constituents long ago.

"He has the best interest of the people at heart," she said. "He never makes promises he can't keep, if people ask him questions he answers them, and he enforces the rules and regulations even though it might not make someone happy."

Hose lives in Clear Spring with his wife of 41 years, Toni.

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