Mayfield deputy supervisor Richard Argotsinger said he will seek appointment to the position of interim supervisor at the Town Board meeting tonight.
Argotsinger has served as acting supervisor since Mayfield Supervisor Alan “Herb” McLain died on Feb. 7. Since then, Argotsinger has been able to perform McLain’s duties as supervisor in Mayfield but not represent the town on the Fulton County Board of Supervisors. In order to replace McLain on the Board of Supervisors, Argotsinger needs to be appointed by the Town Board to fill out the remainder of McLain’s term, which ends Dec. 31.
“I would like the job to fill out the term. Nothing is for certain. We’ll see what happens,” Argotsinger said.
Mayfield’s supervisor controls 64 of the 551 weighted votes on the Fulton County board. It has the second highest number of weighted votes, with only the town of Johnstown controlling more at 72.
Mayfield Town Board member Shawn Humphrey said the board will address the issue tonight, but he’s not sure who will be appointed to replace McLain. He said he has no interest in the position, but he’s not sure whom he would support for it either.
“I believe we’re going to have to make an appointment. I’m pretty sure we’re going to be making that appointment [tonight]. I’ll be giving it some thought in the meantime,” Humphrey said.
Argotsinger said he will run for the supervisor seat in the fall whether the board appoints him or not.
“I hadn’t decided to run before because I didn’t want to run against Herb, because I thought he did an excellent job, but now that the position will be open, I will be running,” Argotsinger said.
McLain was a major advocate for road paving projects in Mayfield and often engaged in debate with other supervisors in his fight to maintain funding for infrastructure in the town. Argotsinger said he’d like to continue McLain’s legacy of fighting for more money for roads. He said it makes sense for the county to spend more money on projects during a recession because the price for materials will be much lower than during stronger economic times.
“I’m still getting my feet wet in terms of the position. Even though I’ve been on the town council for the last 10 years, your job is miniscule. The supervisor runs the whole show, and you’re just overseeing what he does,” Argotsinger said.
Mayfield’s Town Board will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 28 N. School St.