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May 29, 2014

Harrietstown superintendent to leave post

Bevilacqua retires due to health concerns

HARRIETSTOWN — Harrietstown Town Supervisor Bob Bevilacqua has stepped down, citing health concerns.

He provided a formal letter of resignation to Town Clerk Patricia Gillmette.

“The letter of resignation was very brief,” she said. “It said he was resigning due to family health reasons, effective May 25.”

Bevilacqua has asked to keep those concerns private.

“We’re respecting his request,” she said.

“I have notified the Franklin County Board of Elections and the county clerk that there has been an office vacated."

'THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS'

The Town Council held a special meeting at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday on the issue.

“There was a discussion whether to leave a four-member board in place or to appoint an acting supervisor. They were deadlocked on what they wanted to do.”

Town Councilors Howard Riley and Edward Goetz wanted to appoint Michael Kilroy, current Harrietstown budget officer, as acting supervisor, the town clerk said.

"(Ron) Keough and (Nichole) Meyette wanted to keep things as they are," she said of the other councilors.

"They plan to discuss it again at the June 12 regular board meeting.”

Keough, who is Harrietstown's deputy supervisor, will fill in for the time being.

In a brief news release, he spoke on behalf of the Town Council.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob and his family,” he said. “Bob Bevilacqua has been an engaged and thoughtful leader, and we are deeply grateful for his dedicated public service.”

The release said Keough has assumed the duties of supervisor and “is working with the Harrietstown Board to transition this change.”

FILLED VACANCY

Bevilacqua, a Republican, won election in November 2012, filling a vacancy after former Harrietstown Town Supervisor Larry Miller stepped down in April 2012.  

Miller retired a year before his term ended amid a legal dispute and settlement of harassment charges brought by a former bookkeeper.

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