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College Township Councilman Retiring, Applicants Needed for Vacant Seat

by on May 02, 2014 6:30 AM

College Township is seeking applicants for a vacant council seat due to the upcoming retirement of a current member.

Councilman David Fryer, who has served on council for 18 years, recently announced he will resign following the May 15 council meeting. Fryer and his wife, Linda, are retiring and will be moving to a retirement community outside the area in early June.

"We've been considering going into a retirement community somewhere and at some point and the time just happened to be now and it happened to be in the location we wanted to be in, so consequently we made the decision we were going to go do it," Fryer says.

Fryer has lived in College Township for 36 years. The Vietnam War veteran, says the most significant accomplishment during his time on council happened recently when council agreed to rezone a property near the Nittany Mall to allow the federal government to open an expanded Veterans Affairs clinic.

"That is my number one favorite accomplishment," Fryer says.

Additionally, Fryer says he is proud to have helped hire Adam Brumbaugh as township manager.

"That guy has his stuff together and does an excellent job and I've thoroughly enjoyed working with him," Fryer says.

Fryer admits serving on council has had its challenges, but overall he says the experience was positive.

"I have not enjoyed all of it. But I have enjoyed it for the most part. It's been interesting. People don't understand the importance of local government ... it is critical, it is important. You are working for people and they expect that you work for them and make the right decisions and hopefully I've done that," Fryer says.

Council is seeking current College Township residents who are interested in filling Fryer's term, which will end Dec. 31, 2015.

Anyone interested in the seat should submit a brief letter of interest and resume to Brumbaugh by noon on May 12.

Council will then review all responses and interview a small pool of candidates prior to naming a replacement.

Under the Second Class Township Code, council must name a replacement within 30 days of the departing member's last meeting, making the deadline June 15.

"It is a busy and exciting time in College Township and this is a unique opportunity to fully engage in directing the future of our township," Brumbaugh says. "Please give careful and considerate thought to stepping up to serve your community."

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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