by Jonathan Weaver
Pat Fabian’s election Tuesday as the newest Armstrong County commissioner effective this January will leave a Manor Township vacancy.
Supervisor Chair James McGinnis explained how soon township supervisors have to fill Fabian’s local seat.
“Whenever (Fabian) turns in (his) resignation, the board will have 30 days to appoint someone from the effective date of the resignation,” McGinnis said. “We have until February to appoint somebody.”
Fabian said he has learned much during his four years as a supervisor.
“I had no aspiration to use Manor Township as a stepping stone to follow a political career – my only aspirations four years ago was to follow my community and help run the township more effectively,” Fabian said. “Through that process, I’ve gained a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge on how townships work financially, how the budget system works and how County government interacts with township business.”
While Fabian initially thought he would not formally resign until the end of the calendar year, he will have more conversations with McGinnis and Rearick whether it is better for him to resign sooner.
Fabian will also begin transitioning his Family Counseling Center clients – which he estimated takes about two months.
Township Resident Bill McMaster already submitted his letter of interest before last night’s public meeting.
McMaster said he has wanted to apply since Fabian announced his county commissioner candidacy in hopes of following up to Fabian’s groundwork.
“I agree with almost everything that (Fabian’s) done,” McMaster said.
Rearick said he will look for “someone who’s dedicated to making the township better.”
“My plan is to interview each and every interested person,” Rearick said.
Rearick saw Fabian’s election as a positive step for the entire county.
“Hopefully, he can take what he has brought to the township and take it to the next level. I think we’ve made some great strides in the past four years here, and hopefully that will carry over to what he does (at the County),” Rearick said.
Township Foreman Bob Southworth will also step in as supervisor this January after being elected to McGinnis’ seat Tuesday.
In January, local residents will also be appointed to fill vacancies on the Manor Township Joint Municipal Authority board, the vacancy board, as the TCC (Tax Collection Committee) delegate and alternate and the UCC (Uniform Construction Code) board.
Grant Kanish currently serves as chairman of the joint municipal authority, Ed Germy as chairman of the vacancy board, Val Huston as TCC delegate, Township Secretary Jill Davis as alternate and Dr. Schweitzer as the UCC representative.
Supervisors plan to publicize the available vacancies again next month.