Two new Supervisors appointed for Benezette Twp.

Brian Stockman
Staff Writer

Benezette Township once again has a full board of supervisors  thanks to Judge Richard Masson's appointment of Charles Ruffo and Mark Moorehead to fill the seats that have been vacant since July. The Benezette Township government has been in a state of limbo with two township supervisors resigning within a short period of time, resulting in the inability of the town to function in their absence on all regular business, as well as lacking the authority to appoint anyone to the vacant roles without a quorum.   
There is a township rule in place for succession involving accepting applications and appointments to fill a vacancy on the supervisory board in case of the loss of one due to death, illness or resignation, but it does require two sitting supervisors to oversee the process. With the departure of two at once, the township was frozen.
The remaining Supervisor James McClusky and Secretary/Treasurer Pamela Long quickly began looking for solutions to this quandary. In speaking to all other local townships and not finding any solutions, they finally contacted the Elk County Commissioners, who advised that the local court system would be the proper place for such an issue. A plan was formulated to begin advertising the vacancies and accepting applications to the vacant positions. The applicants would have to also submit paperwork to the Elk County Courthouse. The time period was to take place through September to mid October, with final paperwork to have been delivered at least 15 days prior to the court date, Oct. 29.

The full story can be found in the printed publication or E-Edition of the Ridgway Record, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018.