HONESDALE - After being without a mayor for 13 days, Honesdale Borough Council appointed Jack Bishop to the vacant mayor seat at the regular meeting Monday.
The previous mayor, Ed Langendoerfer, resigned April 1 after serving approximately two years.
Bishop was nominated after hearing from four total candidates. Those candidates were Sandra L. DeGroat, Michael A. Jones, Jr., Tina Pineiro and Bishop.
At the meeting, Bishop was vocal about his reasons for wanting to step up.
"I am a Honesdale native. I grew up in this town," he said.
He continued by saying that he wants to beautify the borough and help attract people back in to town.
DeGroat concurred with Bishop's statements and added that she would "like to see harmony" between council, the people and the police department.
"If our name is in the paper, let it be for the good and not the bad." She concluded with, "I love this town and I hate to see what's happening to it."
Jones expressed his frustration with how the borough is being run.
"This town is a mess," he said. "If you don't start running this town like a business, it's a ship that's going down."
Pineiro echoed the statements by the three applicants before her.
She said that her view point of the town differed because she chose to live in Honesdale.
"I picked to live here," she said. "It would be good to get more people here, bring businesses here and families here."
Pineiro also highlighted that she feels the issues facing the borough can be remedied.
"I don't feel a lot of bashing is in order. Everything that is wrong can be fixed."
Council member Juanita Pisano made a motion to appoint Bishop as mayor of the borough. Council member Bob Jennings seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
In an interview Tuesday, Bishop said that his reasons for applying for the position are simple.
"I just think we should take a little pride in where you grow up," he said.
This will not be the first public office he has served on.
From 1994 to 2002, Bishop was a member of the Honesdale Borough Council.
"I've been on various different councils before," he said. "I just wanted to do something for the community. Maybe something small that I can help out with."
Bishop also said the borough needs to look to the future.
"Honesdale has to prepare for the future. We can't look back," he stressed. "We have to get together and beautify it. It's just a matter of putting the pieces back together."
He concluded an interview Tuesday with a message of dedication to the residents.
"I'm here and I'm here for the people and looking forward to serving the people."
Council President Jim Brennan said Tuesday he is pleased with the choice of Bishop.
"He's always been involved with the community," he said. "He is an ideal candidate.
Coverage of the remainder of the Honesdale Borough Council will appear in an upcoming edition.