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Jefferson Hills councillor takes over as interim mayor

| Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, 2:06 a.m.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
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New Jefferson Hills Mayor Janice Cmar is sworn in by council president Christopher King, left, and Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Dwayne Woodruff.

Jefferson Hills councillors made one of their colleagues the borough's interim mayor on Monday.

Longtime Councilwoman Janice Cmar will finish the term of former mayor Michael Green, who resigned last month. He had served in the office for eight years.

Cmar, 58, is a teacher in Peters Township School District and has served four terms on Jefferson Hills council.

“I'm very humbled and extremely happy about this,” Cmar said. “I've been on council for so long and I just really wanted another challenge.”

Green's term would have ended in December.

Cmar, a Democrat, won her party's nomination for mayor in the May primary with 612 votes, and took the Republican Party's nomination with 182 GOP write-ins, making her unopposed in November's general election.

Council president Chris King had served as interim mayor since Green stepped down, and council vice president James Weber served as interim president.

Councilman Tracey Khalil nominated Cmar to fill Green's vacancy at Monday's meeting, and David Montgomery seconded. Council's approval was unanimous, and Cmar was sworn in by Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Dwayne Woodruff.

Council unanimously approved the appointment of Melissa Barclay to fill Cmar's vacated council seat. Barclay, a Democrat, is unopposed in the November election.

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or tkaran@tribweb.com.

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