By LOHR McKINSTRY
---- — ESSEX — A post left vacant by resignation from the Essex Town Council has been filled by a school-board veteran.
The council appointed Bryan Garvey to fill the last year of James LaForest’s term as councilor.
He will complete that unexpired period, which ends Dec. 31, 2013.
The post will be on the November 2013 general election ballot.
Essex Town Supervisor Sharon Boisen said there were five applicants for the council position, and the board felt Garvey is community-spirited and will do a good job.
“I abstained, but I normally abstain from town board appointments,” she said. “(Otherwise), the board voted unanimously for the appointment.”
Councilors Mark Wrisley, Claire LaPine and Harold MacDougal all voted aye.
Boisen said everything is running smoothly now that the council is back at full strength.
Garvey and his wife, Mary, have resided in Essex for 31 years. He works at Bombardier Transportation in Plattsburgh and was a member of the Willsboro Central School Board for 13 years, including 10 years as president.
Mr. Garvey is currently in his seventh year as a member of Champlain Valley Educational Services Board.
“I believe this experience will help me be a benefit to the Town of Essex,” he said in his request for appointment.
LaForest resigned late last year because, he said then, he didn’t like the direction the Town Council was heading.
He protested how Boisen handled a situation in which then Town Clerk Catherine DeWolff had not produced a monthly financial statement as required. Boisen, citing state law, withheld DeWolff’s pay, which LaForest believed was unnecessary.
DeWolff resigned over the issue, and Audrey Hoskins was appointed to the post.
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