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PRESS PHOTO BY AL RECKERKenneth Hall, right, is congratulated by Northampton Borough Council President Anthony Lopsonzski Jr. at the May 18 council meeting on his appointment to fill the vacant first ward seat. PRESS PHOTO BY AL RECKERKenneth Hall, right, is congratulated by Northampton Borough Council President Anthony Lopsonzski Jr. at the May 18 council meeting on his appointment to fill the vacant first ward seat.

Hall appointed to council seat

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Kenneth Hall, 58, whose affiliation with Northampton Fire Department dates back to his teens, was chosen by an unanimous vote at the May 18 meeting to fill the vacant council seat on the eight-member elective legislative body.

The term for the first ward council post runs until Dec. 31.

Hall was one of three candidates vying for the council seat vacated in April by then-Councilman Robert Coleman, who resigned for health reasons.

Shelby Fabian and Michael A. Dempsey Jr. were the other candidates seeking the vacant council seat.

Before council took the vote on the appointment, council President Anthony Lopsonzski Jr. asked if any of the candidates wanted to address council. Neither Fabian nor Dempsey were present. Hall cited his commitment to serving the borough, something he wants to continue if named to council.

Hall is a member of the borough’s planning commission. He has served with the borough’s emergency management services for 16 years and is currently its director. Fire police captain since 1999, he has been with the fire department on an official basis since 1973.

Council commended Hall for his service to the community, noting the appointment is a fine fit for council. Hall will officially take his seat on council at the June 1 meeting.