The Danube Town Council unanimously appointed Rick Mosher to the position of town supervisor during a meeting Tuesday night, nearly two weeks after the death of longtime supervisor Charles Welden.
Town Clerk Mary Lou Herringshaw said during a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon the appointment was unanimous by the council members present at the meeting. She also said there is currently a vacancy for a council person after the resignation of Pat Jodway, effective May 18.
“They approached me and asked if I was interested in the position. I had a few questions about it and they answered the questions to my liking,” said Mosher during a telephone interview on Wednesday afternoon, on why he agreed to fill the supervisor’s position.
Mosher — a town resident since 1972 — has been chairman of the Danube Cemetery Board since 1998, when it was first established. “I’ve been a resident here for all these years and I’d like to see the town move forward,” he said. “It’s a good town with a good highway department, and we’re actively seeking another council person. Due to Charlie’s untimely death, I agreed to do it.”
Mosher retired from the Burrows Paper Corporation plant on Mill Street in Little Falls as an assistant superintendent after 43 years of employment with the company. He said he started on the machines and worked his way up through different departments, including maintenance and engineering.
Mosher and whoever is appointed to fill the vacant council seat will serve until Dec. 31, 2012, said Herringshaw. The persons interested in those seats will be able to run for election in the November general election. Whoever is elected will serve for one year to fill out the terms of both positions.
Welden died unexpectedly at the age of 71 on May 9. He spent about 20 years on the town council as supervisor and also served at one time as the town assessor. He was retired as an earth science teacher from the Greenville Central School District and served as a trustee with the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library in St. Johnsville and the historic Indian Castle Church in the town of Danube.
Jodway previously served in the role of deputy supervisor, and took over the supervisor duties after Welden’s death as the council decided how they wanted to proceed.