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Replacement sought for dedicated Plum councilman who moved from borough

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 9:00 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 the June 9 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) in 1992 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 members of council have 30 days from council's June 9 meeting to fill the seat.

Council members plan to appoint a candidate to council during the July 7 meeting.

The appointment runs through the end of Knopfel's term — Dec. 31, 2015.

Republican Dave Seitz, 49, who unsuccessfully sought a seat on borough council in last year's election, said he plans to apply for the appointment.

The Republicans are the majority members of council with four members. If the Republicans appoint a member of the GOP to the vacant seat, the group will regain a supermajority as they gained in the 2009 council election, but lost in last year's race.

Council President Mike Doyle said he is looking for candidates who have talents in a variety of areas.

“I'm looking for someone who feels they have a certain skill set that would benefit the community be it in public works, finance, personnel, public safety, parks and recreation or economic development,” Doyle said.

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

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