LA CROFT - Former Liverpool Township trustee Robert George will reprise his role following an appointment to the board of trustees to fill the vacancy left by the recent death of Karl "Butch" Kontnier.
Trustees Steve Betteridge and Keith Burke passed a formal proclamation declaring a vacancy on the board due to the death of Kontnier. Following a brief executive session, Betteridge and Burke approved the appointment of Robert George to fill Kontnier's absence until year's end, when a newly-elected trustee will take the seat.
"This is going to be hard for me to do, but I've got to do it anyhow," an emotional George said before reading from a prepared statement at the Wednesday evening meeting before being sworn in in by fiscal officer Cristine Sell. "It is with a heavy heart that I accept your appointment to the unexpired term of Karl 'Butch' Kontnier," he said.
Robert George was sworn as a Liverpool Township trustee by fiscal officer Cristine Sell during a board meeting Wednesday evening. George was appointed by trustees Steve Betteridge and Keith Burke to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Karl “Butch” Kontnier on Oct. 12. (Photo by Richard Sberna)
George says he believes that Kontnier would approve of his taking the seat he vacated. "If I thought otherwise, I could not in good conscience accept this appointment," he said. "Butch has touched our lives in many ways, and I think that we are all better for having known him." George then thanked Betteridge and Burke, and pledged to live up to their expectations of him.
The pair replied in kind to George for stepping in to fill the vacancy.
George served as a township trustee for 10 years during the 1980s and '90s. In order to fulfill his new role, George submitted a letter of resignation for his position on the township board of zoning appeals, effective immediately, which was unanimously accepted.