Former Clay board member James Rowley is the town's new supervisor.
The Clay town board voted unanimously Nov. 20 to elevate Rowley from deputy supervisor to supervisor. Rowley replaced Mark Rupprecht, who announced his resignation at the previous board meeting.
"We are so thankful to have [Rowley] come forward and accept this monumental role as supervisor," said board member Naomi Bray. "He brings a wealth of experience to the board, and the people of Clay are lucky to have a man of this caliber in this position."
Clay Town Justice John Hall swore Rowley in after a brief speech. Rowley thanked the board, department heads and citizens of the town for believing in his ability to run the 17th largest town in the state.
"I'm the luckiest guy in the room tonight," Rowley told an almost full-capacity crowd at Clay Town Hall. "I love this town, and I'm truly honored to be your supervisor. I promise to do my very best."
In his first act as town supervisor, Rowley appointed board member Damian Ulatowski as deputy supervisor
"Damian's professionalism does not go unnoticed, and his expertise involving insurance and the law make him the perfect candidate for this position," Rowley said.
After this game of musical chairs, the town board has vacancies that will need to be filled. The town will be soliciting resumes and cover letters until Dec. 1 for the positions of town board member and planning board member. Anyone interested is encouraged to call Rowley's office for more information.
Before the meeting, Rowley and the board thanked Rupprecht for his service to the town. Rupprecht was given a large silver plate in honor of his dedication as town supervisor. Rupprecht announced his resignation two weeks ago, citing personal and work-related needs.
"Thank you guys so, so much," Rupprecht told the board and crowd after receiving the plate.