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New Royerford Council Members Sworn In; Two Turn Down Seats

Shawnette Jones and David Stehman were not sworn in Monday night, leaving two vacancies on the Royersford Borough Council.

Anil Dham (Top) and Matt Stehman were appointed to Royerford Borough Council Monday. Credit: Anil Dham.
Anil Dham (Top) and Matt Stehman were appointed to Royerford Borough Council Monday. Credit: Anil Dham.

Two of the four candidates elected to Royersford Borough Council in November did not take their seats at the board's reorganization meeting Monday night.

Shawnette Jones and David Stehman, both elected as part of a Democrat slate that swept four seats on the board to shift majority from Republican to Democrat, are no longer living in the borough, according to newly-elected Borough Council Vice President Anil Dham.

Dham and running mate Matt Stehman were sworn in Monday, joining Republicans Thomas Weikel , Mike Bullick and John Kring on the board.  

Paul Crisman, Bruce Buckwalter and John Grispon lost their seats in November’s election; Charles Bowers lost his spot in the Primary election.

The two open seats will be declared vacant in ten days, and borough council has 30 days to interview candidate and make appointments.

The appointed council members do not have to be Democrat.

Dham said that he hopes all qualified candidates, regardless of political affiliation, will apply.

“I would love to see a woman apply for the position, since there has never been a female council member in the borough in recent memory,” Dham said.

All professional appointments remained the same after the reorganization meeting; Thomas Weikel was re-elected chairman of the board.

Royersford Borough Council's next meeting was was scheduled for Jan. 16, a Thursday, at 7:15 p.m.

Editor's Note: A quote was edited in the story to reflect that there has not been a female on the board in recent memory.

Julie January 07, 2014 at 08:29 AM
I did not see any qualification requirements for the council on the borough website. I know Anil follows the Patch, so thought I'd ask here.... Thanks!
John S. Grispon January 07, 2014 at 08:37 AM
Obviously Mr Dham does not know his Royersford history. A woman did serve on Royersford Borough Council. Her name was Emma Capoferri, she lived on Spring St. in the Borough.
Anil January 07, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Julie, The requirements are to reside in the borough for at least 1 year and currently. Call Mike Leonard at borough to find out more info. John, I appreciate the correction. I should have stated in recent memory. There are a lot of wonderful people in this town that should look at this opportunity to improve Royersford and make it into the community that thrives. Mr. Grispon served our town in many elected and appointed capacities and I am sure he would agree that Royersford is an amazing town full of a bright future, so please bring your ideas and energy if you want to serve on council. Thanks Julie and John.
Mic January 07, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Please do not bring back buckwalter
Mic January 07, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Emma Capoferri was a great board member and a better person. It is nice to have new blood in office but at least learn your history of the people of this great town of Royersford.
Julie January 07, 2014 at 02:55 PM
Thank you Anil. I appreciated you chatting with us at the house when you were campaigning and again when I voted at Golden Age. I will give Mr. Leonard a call and look into the position.
Jane January 07, 2014 at 06:28 PM
It is a shame that the borough's future is being left in the hands of the current borough council instead of the voting public deciding. Royersford is a great town with a long and rich history. I had an idyllic childhood there because of people like Mr. Buckwalter ,Mrs. Capoferri, and Mr. Grispon and all the others who have served our town. Change is good but multiple appointed council members makes me a little nervous.
Rofo323 January 07, 2014 at 06:59 PM
The fact that there has been so few women on borough council is, quite honestly, insulting. We live in a town with many smart, educated women who would bring so much to the table. Even the majority of the businesses down town are run by women. I would urge the board to please appoint a woman to the open seat!!
John S. Grispon January 09, 2014 at 06:06 PM
Editor's Note: A quote was edited in the story to reflect that there has not been a female on the board in recent memory. Journalism 101--How can the editor edit a quote?? The quote is the quote even if it is totally incorrect.

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