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Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 2:54 p.m.

Don Knopfel's resignation has left a vacancy on borough council.

Knopfel, 71, who had served intermittently as a councilman over the past few decades, has moved out of the borough, Manager Michael Thomas said during Monday night's council meeting. Knopfel was not in attendance.

“Don was a very good councilman, and a good asset to the community,” Councilman Leonard Szarmach said. “He will be missed. He was not in this for the accolades. He was in it for the best interest of the community.”

“I served with him (Knopfel) when I was first on council,” Mayor Richard Hrivnak said. “He was a true Plum-proud resident.”

Knopfel, one of three Democrats on council and public safety committee chairman, was most recently elected in 2011.

Solicitor Bruce Dice said council has 30 days to fill the seat.

Szarmach said residents who are interested in the appointment should send a resume and letter of interest by noon on June 18 to the attention of Thomas at Plum Borough, 4575 New Texas Road, Plum, PA 15239.

Council members plan to appoint a candidate to the position during the July 7 meeting. The appointment runs through the end of Knopfel's term — Dec. 31, 2015, officials said.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8753, or

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