The elected supervisor recruited to fill a vacant seat on the Hempfield board of directors

A vacant Hempfield Supervisor seat that expires at the end of the year will be filled by an elected Supervisor whose six-year term begins on January 1.

Bill Bretz, who ran unopposed in the Nov. 2 election, was unanimously nominated to fill the term that ends on Dec. 31.

“About five years ago, I started attending these meetings regularly and got involved with the group here,” he said. “They gave me the opportunity to be part of several different commissions. This culminated when I was called here a few months earlier to begin serving my term for which I was elected, and I look forward to serving the people of Hempfield Township.

Several changes have been made to the board of directors in recent months following the resignation of former supervisor Rob Ritson, citing the increased demands of his position as chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R- Hempfield. Supervisor John Silvis, who did not seek re-election, has expressed interest in filling the remaining two years of Ritson’s tenure.

To be appointed, Silvis had to resign from the board. Supervisors in October accepted the resignation and appointed him to this post. This left the remaining two months of Silvis’ tenure vacant.

Bretz, service production coordinator at ABB in South Greensburg, has held several positions within the community, including a seat on the township planning commission and the public safety committee. He is chairman of the Westmoreland County Republican Committee. His wife, Jennifer, is a member of the Hempfield area school board.

Bretzupset a former canton overseer during the primary elections. Election results show he received nearly 8,480 votes in November.

“Thank you for adding me to the list a little earlier here and I look forward to the next six years and two months,” Bretz said.

Megan Tomasic is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Megan at 724-850-1203, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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