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Buckland Stepping Down from Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors

by on April 16, 2019 3:02 PM

Ferguson Township's Board of Supervisors will need to replace a member for the second time this year.

At its meeting on Monday night, the board accepted the resignation of Ward II Supervisor Peter Buckland, effective June 30. Buckland will be moving outside of the township and so will no longer be permitted to serve on the board.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve with you and our fellow board members and with township staff," Buckland wrote in his resignation letter. "Most of all, I have been humbled to work for the people of Ferguson Township and the Centre Region."

In January, Ward III Supervisor Sara Carlson resigned from the board, citing health reasons. Former Supervisor Richard Killian was appointed to fill the remainder of Carlson's term, which ends on Dec. 31.

Buckland's successor will fill the remainder of his term, which also concludes at the end of this year. He did not file to be on the ballot for re-election in May's primary and in March stepped down as board chair.

Township Manager David Pribulka said that an advertisement for applications to replace Buckland will be posted as soon as possible and the application period will be open through May 31.

The rest of the board will interview candidates in June, with the goal of voting on an appointment at the first board meeting in July. 

According to the township code, the board will have 30 days from Buckland's June 30 resignation to appoint a successor. If supervisors are unable to reach a consensus, a Vacancy Board will have an additional 15 days to make a decision. The Vacancy Board would consist of the four remaining supervisors and resident Josh Potter, who was appointed to the vacancy board earlier this year. 

If the vacancy board cannot reach consensus, the Centre County Court of Common Pleas would be petitioned to fill the vacancy.

Applicants for the vacancy will be required to be at least 18-years-old, a resident of the township for at least one year, registered to vote in the township for a minimum of one year and a resident of Ward II.

Stolinas Leaving for County Government

Ferguson Township also will be looking for a new planning and zoning director. Raymond Stolinas, who has served in the role for the past three and a half years, is resigning effective May 10. He has accepted the position of director of planning and community development for Centre County government.

He submitted his resignation letter to Pribulka on April 3.

"This position also gave me the distinct pleasure of working with the Board of Supervisors, many officials and ABC volunteers that strengthened my knowledge of what their experience has been in dealing with growth and development while establishing parameters to preserve farmland and environmentally sensitive areas throughout the township," Stolinas wrote. "The Ferguson Township planning staff have been integral to the delivery of planning services and I have no doubt that they will assist in the creation of a seamless transition for the new Planning & Zoning director."

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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