CLARKS GREEN — The borough council voted unanimously to appoint Patty Lawler as mayor during its regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 15. Lawler served as mayor of neighboring Clarks Summit Borough for about three years before moving to Clarks Green in 2016. She was appointed to fill the first two years of the current term for Clarks Green mayor, a vacancy resulting from the recent sudden death of Mayor Bill Thorburn.
Lawler referred to the appointment as “a honor and a privilege.”
“A transition such as this is a hard one for all of us, so we’re going to do our level best for the people of Clarks Green and for this fine council,” she said, addressing the board during the public comment section of the meeting. “I know each of you as individuals and leaders in the municipality, and it’s a fine, fine working unit you have here. You work hard, you’re dedicated, and the people of Clarks Green are lucky to have you.
“It is with great humility that I will try my level best to be as good as Mayor Thorburn and follow his lead. I look forward to it, and I’ll do it with a full heart in memory of him.”
The council also voted unanimously to appoint Joe Dougherty Jr. to fill the open council seat vacated by former councilwoman Lynne Earley, who submitted her resignation in December.
Dougherty also briefly introduced himself to the board during public comment. He is a 12-year borough resident, Abington Heights School District teacher and U.S. Navy veteran. He was formerly employed as a tax collector for the City of Scranton.
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 at the Clarks Green Borough Building, 104 N. Abington Road.
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