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Northampton Borough appoints new councilman from first ward

NORTHAMPTON, Pa. - From three applications submitted earlier this month, the Northampton Borough Council Thursday night unanimously appointed to its ranks a captain from the borough's fire department who also serves as Northampton's emergency management coordinator and member of the municipal planning commission.

Council elected Kenneth Hall who lives on Lincoln Avenue in the borough to replace Bob Coleman who resigned from his council seat effective April 20 due to personal reasons. Coleman served on council for 16 years and was awarded a certificate of appreciation Thursday for his many years of service. He also is set to receive an official borough proclamation for his service record in Northampton.

Hall, 58, said he has lived in Northampton's first ward since moving to the borough as a child in 1965. In addition, he has served on numerous municipal boards and committees and is active in his church. He also has been a youth baseball coach.

Hall and his wife Charlotte have three children, Kirsten, Christopher, and Chelsea and three grandchildren. He will be formally installed at council's first meeting in June. 

Regarding his departure and years of service Coleman said, "Everything I did was for the people of this borough, and I'd like to thank all of you. I love the borough and its residents."

Borough Manager Leroy Brobst said he feels fortunate to have know and worked alongside Coleman. The exiting Coleman received a standing ovation not only from council but the entire audience as well following the receipt of his certificate of appreciation.

The other nominees for the vacancy on council were Northampton's Michael Dempsey and Shelby Rose Fabian who did not appear at Thursday's meeting.

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