The newest supervisor has lived in the township 20 years.
By LAURA MILOSER
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The appointment has been made to fill the vacant position on the Neshannock Township Board of Supervisors.
Supervisor Chairman Gale Measel swore in 51-year-old John Karmecy Friday afternoon, after he was appointed by Measel and Supervisor John DiCola Jr. The 20-year township resident will serve the unexpired supervisor term left open by Dan Vogler.
Vogler resigned to take the position of Lawrence County commissioner, which he won in the November general election.
Karmecy and his wife, Christine, live on Fisher Drive with their two children, Eric, 24, and Rachel, 18.
He is a native of the Uniontown, Pa., and graduated from Penn State University in 1974.
Karmecy is the director of Component InterTechnologies in Hadley, where he has been employed for 27 years.
Karmecy said though he has been involved in the township, coaching his children's baseball, softball and soccer teams along with being on the board of the Neshannock Swimming Pool Association, he has kept a low profile.
"This will be a big adjustment." He said, "I'm used to being known as Eric and Rachel's dad and Chris' husband."
Although he has not personally been involved with politics, his father-in-law, Paul Tanner, served three terms as Lawrence County commissioner.
Measel said that he and DiCola reviewed several possibilities for the position, but Karmecy will help bring continued stability to the township.
Vogler, who was at the meeting Friday, told the supervisors, "I commend the two of you for the choice you made." He also told Karmecy that he hopes he enjoys the job as much as he did.
Karmecy will run for the supervisor position in the May 2005 primary election.