FONDA - The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors elected a new chairman and vice chairman Tuesday night and added a new member to the board.
In a unanimous decision made after a Republican caucus, John Thayer, supervisor for Root, and Amsterdam 3rd Ward Supervisor Ronald J. Barone were elected as the chairman and vice chairman, respectively.
Shayne T. Walters, former supervisor of Charleston and board chairman, died unexpectedly Oct. 8 from complications related to his treatment for cancer.
Bob Sullivan is shown at the meeting Tuesday.
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Thayer had been appointed in January to serve as the board's vice chairman.
Thayer said he and Barone will hold the positions until the end of December. In January, a new chairman and vice chairman will be picked.
Thayer said the board will discuss whether to keep Thayer and Barone or pick new leaders.
Thayer, as the vice chairman, requested the position after Walters death.
"I did reach out to my fellow supervisors and stated that I would be interested in doing that," Thayer said.
Barone said he was nominated for the position during the Republican caucus.
"We're only there for another three months," Barone said.
Barone said it was tough hearing that Walters died.
Bob Sullivan, who was Charleston's deputy supervisor under Walters, will serve as the supervisor of the town.
Sullivan said he plans to stay as Charleston's supervisor until the current terms end in December 2013.
Sullivan has 30 years of experience in town and county service, and he worked closely with Walters.
"[Walters] was a close friend," Sullivan said.