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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Wanted: Council member

  • Members of the Honesdale Borough council are looking for someone to take an open position.
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     — Members of the Honesdale Borough council are looking for someone to take an open position.
    At a special council meeting on Friday morning, the board voted 6-0 to accept the resignation of councilman Mike Slish, who has resigned.
    "I am sorry to see Michael go," said board president F.J. Monaghan.
    "He certainly brought life back to the pool," said councilman Bob Jennings.
    Slish announced his resignation early this week. He was chairman of the Honesdale Parks and Recreation Committee.
    He was also going to be on the November general election ballot for a four-year term. Slish won election to the council in 2011 and was seated for a two-year term in January 2012.
    Now, the council has 30 days to appoint a new member for a term which will last only until the end of the year.
    Monaghan suggested the council accept resumes of anyone interested in serving on the council. Members agreed and those resumes will be accepted until the close of business on Aug. 8.
    Anyone who applies will then have a chance to address the council at its regular Aug. 12 meeting and then members will vote on a successor to Slish.
    Another issue relating to the resignation of Slish is the fact he was going to be on the ballot as a Democrat.
    Because of that, Monaghan said the Democratic Party in Wayne county "has the opportunity" to replace Slish on the ballot with another candidate. That has to be done by Aug. 22, he said.
    Attempts to reach officials from the Wayne County Democratic Party were unsuccessful on Friday.
     
    Police chief situation
    Page 2 of 2 - Another special meeting of the council will be held on Monday to discuss the situation with the police chief.
    Chief Joe LoBasso has accepted the position as head of security for the Wayne Highlands School District.
    Though it hasn't been officially confirmed, it appears LoBasso will be starting his job in two weeks, meaning the borough will have to deal with the situation quickly.
    Because the matter was not on Friday's agenda, members could not discuss the situation and that's why the special meeting was set for Monday. The meeting is at 7 p.m.

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