Mike Kilroy is the new Supervisor in the Town of Harrietstown.. The Appointment comes following the resignation of Bob Bevilacqua and a divergence of opinion as to whether the Town Board could be run with 4 members. In that scenario, Councilman Ron Keough said he would act as the Deputy Supervisor through the November Election.. Councilman Howard Riley has argued that there needed to be 5 people on the board.. In a special meeting on Tuesday night, he reiterated his position..
Councilwoman Nicole Meyette commented that “In the past, a four man board worked.. “We were effective, we were cohesive when the votes came and we voted in the best interest of the town.” Meyette told the board during the discussion, “Right now we’re in a disagreement [as to whether the board should be 4 or 5 person] but we need to move on and there needs to be a better line of open communication if we’re going to do what’s right for the town.”
One item that Councilman Goetz clarified was that the open position was for the Supervisor Position, not a councilor’s seat. Following that clarification, Goetz moved to appoint Councilman Keough to the position of Supervisor and Keough said he felt he was an effective councilman and while he was content to act as Deputy Supervisor in the four person scenario, he would not accept the appointment to Supervisor and give up his seat as a councilor. Councilman Riley then moved to appoint Mike Kilroy as interim Superintendent noting that Kilroy had no plans to run for the position in November which he said would give both parties an equal opportunity to present their candidates in the Election. The 4 Councilmembers approved the motion unanimously. Keough then offerred to move aside as Deputy Supervisor so that Kilroy could choose his own deputy. Bevilacqua’s resignation was effective immediately following the announcement and no doubt Kilroy will take the Superisor’s chair at the next town board meeting on June 12th..