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Owen steps down as Pine supervisor

| Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
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Ted Owen

Speak up if you want to help guide the future of Pine Township.

The municipality has two weeks to replace township supervisor Ted Owen, who resigned Dec. 31.

Owen, 62, decided to retire from the township's board of supervisors for personal reasons, he said.

“The past seven years on the board have been very satisfying, professionally and personally,” said Owen, a lawyer, certified public accountant and former Long Island, N.Y., prosecutor.

“Pine has been my favorite of the places I've ever lived, which includes all around the country,” he said.

“There are so many decent, hardworking folks in Pine that it has been a perfect place to raise our kids.”

He also commended the township staff.

“They are genuinely dedicated to making life for our residents as smooth and inexpensive as possible,” Owen said. “Our Northern Regional Police Department is perhaps the finest in the Commonwealth.”

Pine must fill Owen's empty seat on the township's board of supervisors by Jan. 30. His four-year term will expire Dec. 31, 2015.

Supervisors Michael Dennehy Jr., Phil Henry, Ed Holdcroft and Frank Spagnolo announced Owen's resignation at the Jan. 6 meeting.

The supervisors re-appointed Dennehy as the board's chairman, and Henry as vice chairman.

People interested in replacing Owen and becoming a Pine supervisor should notify the township and submit a resume by Jan. 17 to Scott Anderson, assistant township manager.

Applicants must be Pine residents for two or more years. Pine's supervisors meet every other Monday evening in Pine Community Center.

Supervisors Dennehy, Henry, Holdcroft and Spagnolo plan to interview candidates on Jan. 20 and announce a successor at their Jan. 21 meeting.

Pine supervisors also said they need someone to a fill one vacant seat and a three-year term on the Pine Township Zoning Hearing Board, plus, one vacant seat and a three-year term on the Pine Township Environmental Advisory Council.

Both terms will expire Dec. 31, 2016.

Pine Township also seeks someone to replace former Pine Township Manager Cheryl Fischer, who retired in November.

For information on Pine Township's current board vacancies, contact Anderson at sanderson@twp.pine.pa.us or call 724-625-1560.

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or ddeasy@tribweb.com.

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