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Jefferson Hills fills governmental vacancies

| Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
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Janice Cmar is sworn in as mayor of Jefferson Hills Monday night by Dwayne Woodruff, Judge of Common Pleas in Allegheny County (right), as council President Christopher King (left) assists.
Melissa Barclay
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New Jefferson Hills Mayor Janice Cmar (center) poses after her swearing-in ceremony with new council member Melissa Barclay and Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge Dwayne Woodruff, a former Pittsburgh Steeler.

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

Janice Cmar, a 16-year council member, will finish the term of former mayor Michael Green, who resigned last month after serving in the position for eight years. His term ends in December.

Cmar, 58, a teacher in Peters Township School District, was sworn in by Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Dwayne Woodruff.

Green resigned on Aug. 12, via a letter. According to borough code, council had 30 days to fill the position, solicitor William Shimko said.

“(It was a) very easy decision,” Council President Christopher King said. “Jan has always been a very popular individual in the community. She's receptive to the residents. It's easy to come to Jan and talk to her about a problem.”

Cmar said that one of her goals is to better recognize public safety personnel including police, firefighters, emergency rescue service and military members.

“I want to make this a better and stronger community,” she said.

Cmar, who is running unopposed in November, received 182 write-in votes on the Republican ticket for mayor. She filed as a Democrat in the primary and received her party's nomination with 612 votes.

King has taken over as council president and James Weber has returned to his role as council vice president.

Melissa Barclay was sworn in to fill Cmar's council vacancy.

Barclay submitted a letter to council when she heard of the vacancy, King said.

“It seemed like the right thing to do,” King said. “She has been to meetings and she seems to want to be involved in the community and wants to learn more.”

Barclay received 108 write-ins on the Republican ticket in May and is unopposed in the general election.

“It's an honor to work for the people of Jefferson Hills,” Barclay said. “As a citizen here, I would like to be more involved with what's going on in the community.”

Council is still looking to fill the borough manager position on an interim basis and the finance officer position. Both roles became vacant when Andrew McCreery resigned to accept a finance director position at Mt. Lebanon. He began there on Sept. 9.

The borough manager position probably will be filled on an interim basis, King said. Borough Manager Douglas Arndt took a leave of absence in March for personal reasons.

Brittany Goncar is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or bgoncar@tribweb.com.

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