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Deadline is Friday to apply for council seat; Woodworth’s resignation accepted, Knull is new VP

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 10/9/19

Friday is the deadline set by Middletown Borough Council for people to apply to fill the vacant council seat created by the resignation of Michael Woodworth, who had served as council vice …

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Deadline is Friday to apply for council seat; Woodworth’s resignation accepted, Knull is new VP

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Friday is the deadline set by Middletown Borough Council for people to apply to fill the vacant council seat created by the resignation of Michael Woodworth, who had served as council vice president.

Council intends to publicly interview candidates for the seat and appoint someone during its next council meeting, which is Oct. 15.

Council during its Oct. 1 meeting voted 5-0 to accept Woodworth’s resignation, with council member Ian Reddinger absent.

Reddinger has not been at a council meeting since July 16 due to family issues, Reddinger told the Press & Journal on Sept. 23. He indicated he plans to stay on council through his term, which runs through 2021.

After accepting Woodworth’s resignation and approving the dates to fill the vacancy, council voted 5-0 on a motion by council member Jenny Miller to have Dawn Knull replace Woodworth as vice president.

First elected to council in 2015 and re-elected to a four-year term in 2017, Knull had been council vice president from April 2017 until October 2018, when she was replaced by Woodworth.

Applicants for the seat vacated by Woodworth must be a registered voter and have lived in Middletown for at least one year.

Anyone interested in filling the vacancy should provide the borough with a resume and a letter of interest. You can email your resume and letter of interest to jobs@middletownborough.com.

You also can mail the items to Grace Miller, Borough Secretary, 60 W. Emaus St., Middletown, PA 17057, or drop them off at the borough office during normal business hours.

Whoever council appoints is to serve through Dec. 31, 2019, when Woodworth’s term expires.

Woodworth was appointed to council in 2018. His name will still be on the ballot during the general election Nov. 5, as Woodworth, a Democrat, had sought election to a full four-year term on council. His resignation came too late to remove his name from the ballot.

Woodworth’s was one of four seats open on the seven-member council this year. He is one of four Democrats who will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot for council, the others being incumbents Angela Lloyd and Ellen Willenbecher, and newcomer Phyllis Dew.

The four Republicans on the Nov. 5 ballot are Richard Kluskiewicz, former councilors David Rhen and Scott Sites, and Willenbecher, who received enough write-in votes in the spring primary to earn a spot on the GOP ballot.

Whoever council appoints Oct. 15 would be replaced in January by one of the four people who win Nov. 5 — unless whoever council chooses ends up being one of four winners in the general election.

If Woodworth wins Nov. 5 despite having resigned, and if he doesn’t want the seat, he would have to decline being sworn in, county Elections & Voter Registration Director Jerry Feaser has told the Press & Journal.

Council would have to declare the seat that Woodworth won vacant, and appoint someone to fill the seat until 2021 when the seat would be on the ballot for a two-year term, Feaser said.