ROYERSFORD — Borough council appointed a pair of new members after two of those elected in November were not able to serve due to changes of residence.
Alexandra Metricarti and Paul Chrisman were appointed by council as its newest members last week, taking the seats never filled by Shawnette Jones and David Stehman.
Royersford Borough Manager Michael Leonard said Metricarti and Chrisman were two of seven borough residents who applied for the positions.
Council appointed them at the Feb. 11 regular meeting.
Chrisman was an incumbent in November’s election who missed the cut by 40 votes, according to Montgomery County election records.
“I’m just pleased to be back and want to keep the borough moving forward in a positive direction,” Chrisman told 21st Century Media Tuesday.
“Of course, I was very excited about,” being named to council, Metricarti said. “My family moved to Royersford eight years ago and we’ve seen a lot of change and growth. We moved from Michigan. The town in Michigan was totally dead. To come to a town that was lively and growing was very exciting to us.”
Metricarti said she jumped at the chance to join the council when she saw the position was open. A newcomer to municipal government, Metricarti said she has served on boards for non-profit organizations in the past.
Both Republicans, Metricarti and Chrisman switch the balance of power back from what would have been a Democrat majority following last year’s election.
However, Chrisman downplayed the importance of that.
“I think in a small town that parties shouldn’t really make a difference,” Chrisman said. “It’s more everybody should be in for the good of the borough and on the same team.”
“I am a registered Republican. Historically, I tend to vote as an independent,” Metricarti said. “I look at the issues and vote what’s best on that issue. I’m not a block voter.”
“All of us on council were very pleased with the number of superb candidates who interviewed to help serve the Royersford community,” Council Vice President Anil Dham said Tuesday. “(Chrisman) has been a dedicated public servant for Royersford and we look forward to his continued service to the borough. (Metricarti) shares our vision for supporting and growing businesses on Main Street and brings in the fresh perspective that Royersford needs to move forward.”
Contact information for Council President Tom Weikel was not available Tuesday.
Leonard said Jones and Stehman, whose brother Matt was also elected to council, never showed up to the reorganization meeting Jan. 6 and an affidavit of residency was never received for the two.
In a letter she sent in to 21st Century Media, Jones said she moved from Royersford for family reasons and it was her “understanding that this information would be conveyed by my running mates.” Jones’ name was not put on campaign literature or signs but it was too late for her name to be removed from the ballot.
Chrisman told 21st Century Media last month no announcement of Jones’ move was made.
David Stehman made a “life decision” to move with his wife out of Royersford after actively campaigning, according to then-running mate Dham.
A vacancy of the two seats was declared Jan. 16.
Dham said two candidates who applied for the vacant council seats were appointed other positions.
Pam Graham will serve as an alternate on the zoning hearing board and Shannon Cucchi will be a member of the borough’s parks and recreation commission.