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Fulton County honors two late public servants

December 2, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday passed resolutions in memory of two longtime county officials who died recently.

The board observed moments of silence and passed resolutions honoring former two-time board Chairman Russell V. Pollard of Johnstown and former County Treasurer Allen R. Bohne of Broadalbin.

"Both were real conscientious people who put in a lot of time," said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

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Pollard who passed away Nov. 21 at the age of 88, served on the Board of Supervisors from 1986 to 1997, and was its chairman in 1988 and 1993. The resolution indicated the Army veteran and former Greater Johnstown School District science teacher "worked tirelessly with the utmost attention to detail" on public-policy issues.

Stead said Pollard was one of only six people - current Gloversville 3rd Ward Supervisor Michael F. Gendron being another - who have served the county board twice as chairman.

"He was a very dedicated person," Stead added. "He was someone who was very fastidious about county government."

Bohne, who passed away Nov. 17 at the age of 87, was elected county treasurer in 1978 and served in that post through 1991. Prior to that, he served as deputy county treasurer from 1970 to 1978. He also served as president of the New York State Treasurers Association. The World War II combat veteran was a former chairman of the Fulton County Republican Committee.

The resolution stated county residents were "saddened by the loss of a good friend" and "mentor."

"The Fulton County Board of Supervisors joins with all the people of Fulton County to posthumously express its gratitude to the Honorable Allen R. Bohne as an affable colleague, public servant and community leader," it said.

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