A retired state trooper was named last night to fill a vacancy on Lansford Borough Council but the appointment didn't come easily.

Andrew Snyder was one of three individuals who sought the vacant seat and was elected by a 5-0 vote with one abstention. Even though he was the only person council even nominated, it seemed for awhile that the seat was going to remain empty.

Snyder fills the vacancy created by the resignation last month of Robert Hackash. Snyder will serve until the next municipal election in 2011.

Others who expressed interest were Charles Knepper and Douglas Knauss Sr.

Council member Danielle Smith made a motion to appoint Snyder and Len Kovach seconded it.

Then council member Mary Kruczek said she would abstain from voting because she doesn't know any of the candidates and prefers talking with them before giving them her endorsement.

Tommy Vadyak said he, too, wouldn't vote for the same reason, and Adam Webber added that his feelings were similar to Kruczek's and Vadyak's.

Kovach withdrew his second to the motion.

It was noted in the dialogue that the appointment can't wait until next month.

At this point, Snyder, who was in the audience, stood up, introduced himself, and said he was willing to answer any questions the council had. He was the only one of the three applicants attending.

Council members proceeded to question him on such things as his background and why he wanted to serve on council.

He said he has been a resident of the borough for the past 14 years and was prevented from seeking a seat on the council in the past because while employed as a trooper, he was prohibited from running for any political office due to state police policy.

He said he currently works for a Reading company.

In response to a question from Kruczek, he said, "I'm interested in trying to help guide the community in a positive direction."

Webber told him there is more to serving on council than attending monthly meetings and that a lot of time is involved. Snyder said he's willing to contribute his time. He said he works on a rotating shift at his job and there may be meetings he misses, but will help wherever he can.

Kovach re-entered the second to Smith's motion.

Five council members voted for the appointment, but Kruczek still opted to abstain.