Veteran Lansford Borough Councilwoman Rosemary Cannon will lead the board into 2012.
With the resignation Tuesday of former President Adam C. Webber, the panel appointed Cannon to the top spot and Councilwoman Mary Kruczek as vice-president. She accepted the post, but reluctantly.
Council also voted to retain secretary-treasurer Beth Seymour, with Councilman Lenny Kovach and Kruczek opposing; and solicitor Michael Greek, with Kovach and Councilwoman Danielle Smith opposing.
Cannon publicly thanked Webber for his time on council, saying that he had campaigned for the seat "with good intentions." Smith and Kovach both cast opposing votes on accepting Webber's resignation.
Council will now seek someone to serve in his place.
Webber's absence shifted the balance of power on the board: He, Kovach, Smith and Councilman Andrew Snyder typically voted as a bloc. Cannon, Kruczek and Councilman Tommy Vadyak typically also voted together.
Cannon also urged council to "put our differences behind us and move forward this year."
At the start of the meeting, Greek swore in the newly-elected council members all incumbents to their four-year terms.
Republican Tommy J. Vadyak was the top vote-getter in the November general election, with 381 votes. Next was Kruczek, a Democrat, with 368 votes. Democrat Cannon received 364 votes and Snyder, a Republican, got 323 votes.
Mayor Ron Hood, who in July vowed to stop attending meetings until council resolved their differences and started working together, was absent.
Council named Bob Silver to the Vacancy Board, which consists of council and one member of the public. It also reappointed engineer Eric Snyder of Keystone Engineering, with Vadyak opposed.
The borough will close its office, above the American Fire Co. No. 1 on East Patterson Street, to walk-in visits on Jan. 12 in order to prepare for the move to the community center on Ridge Street, scheduled for Jan. 13. Office staff will be available to answer the telephone, however.