COAL TOWNSHIP - The Coal Township commissioners welcomed a new member to the board Monday evening.

Paul Leshinskie, 63, of Ferndale, was sworn into office by township manager/secretary Rob Slaby at the start of a reorganization meeting at the township's municipal building.

Leshinskie's mother, Rita, held a Bible for her son and also for incumbent commissioner Craig Fetterman, who was sworn in for his third term.

Leshinskie had worked 25 years in accounting and budget analysis for the Office of Vocational Rehab within the state Department of Labor and Industry and 20 years as a sergeant first class in the Army National Guard, where he was responsible as many as 30 individuals.

He said previously that his experience with the state and military will assist him with the township commissioner position.

Leshinskie, a Republican, joins incumbents Fetterman, Bernie Rumberger, Gene Welsh and George Zalar.

Election of officers

The commissioners elected Fetterman and Welsh as president and vice president, respectively, for two-year terms. The motions passed 4-0 with each nominee abstaining.

On 5-0 votes, the commissioners elected Slaby for secretary; Sharon Castetter for treasurer; Vincent Rovito for solicitor; Paul H. Lee, P.E. of Larson Design Group, for engineer, and Stephen Minker for the township vacancy board. The terms expire in two years.