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Quackenbush is Montgomery County Legislature chairman

Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - Updated: 4:48 PM


FONDA — Montgomery County District 2 Legislator Thomas Quackenbush was chosen as the new legislature’s chairman at its organizational meeting today.

“It’s a new beginning, and a new start,” Quackenbush said.

The vote for Quackenbush was split 5-4; the dissenting votes cast by Legislators Roy Dimond (District 3), John Duchessi (District 6), Joseph Isabel (District 8) and Alexander Kuchis (District 9).

They called for a fresh blood in the appointment to go with the new form of government, as Quackenbush, Minden’s former supervisor, served two terms as chairman of the now-defunct Board of Supervisors.

Dimond was the other legislator nominated, but he couldn’t garner enough support.

Other appointments Wednesday:

• District 7 Legislator Barbara Wheeler was unanimously designated as deputy chairwoman.

• Cheryl Reese was appointed board clerk.

The legislature also unanimously confirmed appointments recommended by Executive Matthew Ossenfort:

• Douglas E. Landon as county attorney.

• Brenda Rava as director of the Department of Youth/Alternatives to Incarceration/Veterans Services.

• Kenneth Rose as director of the Department of Economic Opportunity and Development.

• Dale Furman as Fire Service director.

• Outgoing Undersheriff Jeffery T. Smith as director of the Emergency Management Department and STOP-DWI coordinator.

More on today’s organizational meeting, and Ossenfort’s swearing-in ceremony at Supreme Court will appear in Thursday’s print edition, and at


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