Owego Board Now Looks For Trustee Replacement

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 7, 2006 at 1:18 AM EDT

Owego mayor John Loftus says now that the resignation of Kenneth Pat Williams has been accepted, the village board can go about picking a replacement.

And it can better move forward with business.

Kenneth Pat Williams, seen here at his trial in September, resigned from the board after pleading guilty to second degree sexual abuse.

Now that his resignation is official, trustees must choose a replacement.

Loftus has been in contact with at least 3 people looking to finish the term left behind by Williams.

It ends in March, and then the seat is up for election.

Loftus is looking for someone who is willing to start working right away.

And someone who is willing to run for that seat in March.

Once all the candidates have been determined, Loftus must present them all to the village board.

The board will then vote on one candidate.

That candidate will take over immediately.

Loftus says filling out the village board as soon as possible will be good not only for the board, but for taxpayers in Owego.

"It's always difficult when you don't have a full board and the way it's set up with 6 trustees and the mayor is done for a reason so there's representatives from each of the wards. And when you're without one, it's more difficult to conduct business," says Loftus.

Loftus says he hopes to have all the candidates in line by the time the Owego board meets later this month.

Kenneth Pat Williams was elected to the village board in March of 2001.

He hasn't been to a village board meeting since December of 2005, when he was originally charged with sexual abusing two little girls at his wife's day care center.

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