(09/11/2001)
After being defeated in last June's Grantsville election, Gary Knight was unanimously appointed mayor of the town at last nights council meeting. Don Harris, who defeated Knight by 86-45, recently resigned after a conflict with council members.

Ambros "Jerry" Collins, a councilman who has been acting mayor, said "Knight had prior experience and had been doing an excellent job. We were working well together." The council declined the application of the Rev. Margaret "Peig" Schmitz, who applied for the job. "A law enforcement officer who was interested in the job, changed his mind," Collins said.

"He's a good man. This has turned out well for Grantsville," said Collins, referring to Knight. Collins said he was planning on leaving Grantsville and moving to Florida.

Knight resigned shortly after hearing the election returns on June 12, two weeks before his term was over.

Recorder Phyllis Maze has notified council, she is resigning her position, probably within the next thirty days. Ms. Maze told the Herald, she will stay as long as she can, although she has sold her home and her move is imminent. She is moving to be with her family in Colorado. Collins and town officials said replacing her would be difficult."The mayor and I said it would be the first order of business," Collins said.

Councilman Collins said the appointment of Knight to fill the vacancy was legal, and he will serve the remaining two year term.

Harris resigned after the council fired Ron Gordon. He had hired Gordon for one week to cover the town while Chief Charles McCroskey was on vacation. He said McCroskey recommend using two unpaid, uncredentialed auxiliary policemen to provide coverage. Harris did not accept the recommendation because of liability issues, and the two volunteers provided the coverage.


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