Greg Kosciolek, a life-long resident of Summit Hill, was named to Summit Hill Borough Council last night.
He fills a vacancy created last month by the resignation of Francis O'Gorman Jr., who stepped down because of an employment schedule conflict.
Kosciolek was one of six individuals who sought the vacant seat. He will serve in O'Gorman's seat until the end of this year. A two-year term will be open for council during the November general election.
Others who applied for the vacant seat were Tom Tkach, Karen Ruzicka, Kevin Steber, Shawn Hoben, and Joseph Kosalko. The council said Hoben couldn't serve because he is the borough's fire chief.
Initially, Ruzicka was nominated for the appointment. The vote for her ended with a 3-3 tie. John O'Gurek, Michael Kokinda, and Bill Chapman voted in favor of Ruzicka while Billy O'Gurek, Michael Alabovitz, and Jesse Walck were opposed.
Mayor Paul McArdle was called upon to break the tie. He expressed his support of Kosciolek and voted "no" for Ruzicka. "I didn't even know who was running until tonight," he said.
Alabovitz then made a motion for Kosciolek and Billy O'Gurek gave the second. This motion passed, 4-2, with Billy O'Gurek, Kokinda, Alabovitz, and Walck all supporting him.
This is Kosciolek's first venture into borough politics.
In his letter seeking appointment, he wrote, "As the parents of two young daughters, my wife Jenny (treasurer of the Recreation Commission) and I have a great stake in the future of our community and feel this is an opportunity to serve in an important role."
He is a special education teacher at Reading High School, where he also has served four years as an assistant football coach.
Previously he was an assistant coach for five years at Kutztown University.
He wrote in his letter, "I have a strong interest in the betterment of our community and hope that I can be a positive addition to council."