Galway will have a new town supervisor sooner than most people expected.
Current Supervisor George Hargrave, who did not seek re-election, will give up the office Dec. 1, to be replaced by Paul Lent, a Town Board member who won last week’s supervisor election.
Hargrave’s term wouldn’t normally expire until Dec. 31, but he said resigning early and having Lent appointed to replace him will give Lent more time to learn the job before he would otherwise start in January.
Both men discussed the arrangement prior to last Tuesday’s election. Hargrave plans to coach Lent through the job during December.
“He’ll get some time under his belt. I’ll be around,” Hargrave said Monday. “He’ll have a month under his belt before he takes it full blast on Jan. 1.”
Lent will be retiring from his current job as Saratoga County’s director of emergency services Nov. 27, after working for the county a total of 28 years.
“I’m ready for the learning curve I know exists,” he said.
The Town Board is expected to accept Hargrave’s resignation and to appoint Lent at a meeting tonight. Both men are Republicans, as is the rest of the board.
The board’s appointment of Lent will give him the town’s vote on the county Board of Supervisors during the month of December.
“I didn’t want the town to have no representation at the county level, with the county budget deliberations,” Lent said.
Deliberations on the county’s proposed 2014 budget start this month, but the board vote on the budget isn’t expected until next month, sometime after a public hearing Dec. 5.
Hargrave, 77, has been the town supervisor for the past 12 years, and decided not to seek re-election.
The Republican party nominated Lent, 61, who is a former chairman of the town Planning Board. He was appointed to an open seat on the Town Board last January.
Last week, Lent defeated Democrat Regina Doi for the position, which has an annual town salary of $15,000. The town supervisor also gets $18,509 a year from the county for being part of the Board of Supervisors.
Two other seats on the Town Board are changing in January, as well.
Michael Smith was elected to the board seat now held by Michael Tillson, who did not seek re-election. Rod Wilday was elected to the remaining two years in the Town Board term that Lent currently holds.
County officials haven’t yet decided who will replace Lent as the county’s emergency management director.