GLENVILLE -- David Hennel, chairman of the town's zoning board of appeals, is expected to be appointed to an open seat on the Glenville Town Board at a Town Board meeting Wednesday night.
Hennel, like all other members of the Town Board, is a Republican. He was chosen after the board interviewed 14 applicants for the seat, which was vacated in January when Councilman Alan Boulant stepped down due to his increasing business commitments.
"I will say Dave was definitely a front-runner from the beginning," Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle said on Tuesday. "We were really excited when his resume came in."
Hennel, a lifelong Glenville resident who lives in the Woodhaven neighborhood, works in the corporate tax accounting department at General Electric in Schenectady.
"I'm excited. I'm looking forward to it," Hennel said of the pending appointment.
He has been chairman of the town zoning board of appeals for the past six years and served on the board for two years before that. Koetzle said that experience has given Hennel familiarity with the town's planning system and building codes.
Hennel also, for the past eight years, has been a co-chair of the Glenville Oktoberfest celebration, a one-day event that, in recent years, has attracted as many as 10,000 participants.
Koetzle also noted that Hennel has been deeply involved with the Glenville Rotary Club, which provides a lot of financial and volunteer support for the three town parks, including Indian Meadows and Maalwyck Park on Route 5, which is still being developed.
Based on his background, Koetzle said Hennel will be asked to chair the town's Community Services Committee, which oversees the parks, youth programs and senior citizens services.
Hennel, 50, is married with two children. He is a graduate of Bentley University in Massachusetts and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The Town Board position has an annual salary of about $16,200. Hennel will serve for the rest of the year and is expected to seek a full four-year term on the board in the fall.