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Williamsport has new councilman

August 09, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Larry Jessop became Williamsport's newest town councilman on Monday.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II said during the council's monthly meeting at Town Hall that Monty R. Jones had resigned as councilman and moved to Ocean City.

McCleaf said several residents asked about the vacant seat. He recommended Jessop.

Without discussion, the council approved the appointment. Jessop was sworn in and joined his new colleagues at their tables at the front of the room.

Jessop's council seat will be up for election in March, McCleaf said.

In an interview after the meeting, Jessop, 47, of 108 S. Conococheague St., said, "I love this town."

He said his great-grandparents lived on Commerce Street and helped feed people coming off the C&O Canal.

The town has great charm and he's glad to see the current administration taking definite steps to help the downtown, something that was discussed for years, Jessop said.

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He said he's interested in helping Williamsport's small businesses.

Jessop retired in March after 27 years working for Washington County's water and sewer, parks, and landfill departments.

Jones was elected to the council in 2003. He resigned midway through his four-year term to run for assistant mayor in 2005 on a ticket with McCleaf, who ran for mayor.

Jones didn't seek re-election in 2009. However, shortly after the March 2009 election, he was appointed to the council to fill an open seat.

He said at the time that his children were growing up and he expected to move with his family out of town soon, but he didn't mind finishing the rest of an unexpired council term.

McCleaf said Monday that Jones sent him a letter about six weeks ago to say he was thinking of leaving town.

McCleaf said he asked council members to suggest a replacement in case Jones moved.

A few days ago, McCleaf called Jones and found out he already had left.

On his way out of town, "he never said a word," McCleaf said.

Jones couldn't be reached Monday evening on a cell phone number he has used. His Williamsport home phone number was not in service.

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