PERRY TOWNSHIP - Don Kendrick will replace Mike Halleck on the township trustee board, Trustee Chairman Cliff Mix said Thursday.
Kendrick was appointed to fill the vacancy after Halleck, now a Columbiana County commissioner, submitted his resignation at the Jan. 3 meeting.
On Nov. 17, Halleck said he would serve in both positions and didn't have "a date certain" to step down as trustee, explaining that, "officially, they're compatible" and that he gave a lot of thought to it before running for commissioner.
Kendrick, who served as the township zoning officer since May of 2009, was appointed by Mix and Trustee Don Rudibaugh at the Jan. 3 meeting.
He will serve the remaining two years and 11 months on Halleck's four-year trustee term beginning on Feb. 1, but he will also have to run for election to the seat in November because there is more than half a term left on it, Fiscal Officer Susan Johnston explained when the appointment was made.
The term expires on Dec. 31, 2013.
"I haven't made that decision," Kendrick, 65, said.
"This will give me seven months to see how this goes down and see if I want to pursue it. It gives me insight into what goes on in the township. It'll be a good education for me."
He added, "If I want to continue, I'll run."
Mix said Kendrick accepted the appointment shortly after it was offered.
Halleck defeated incumbent Commissioner Dan Bing and was the top vote-getter in the four county-wide races in November. His four-year term as commissioner began on Jan. 1.
Trustees are paid about $12,000 annually and have health benefits and a Public Employees Retirement System pension which the township pays part of.
Mix said township residents interested in serving as the zoning officer can contact the trustees or send a resume to trustees at the administration building, 2198 N. Ellsworth Ave., Salem, OH 44460.
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