ELK TWP. - Elk Township Supervisor Greg Clark has submitted a letter of resignation from that position effective Oct. 18.

Fellow supervisors Ray Rennard and Brian Miller are expected to formally accept Clark's resignation at their Nov. 11 meeting.

The CLARION NEWS confirmed Clark's resignation Nov. 1 with township secretary Linda Spoharski.

Spoharski said Clark did not offer a reason for his resignation.

What happens next?

Today (Nov. 5), Elk Township voters will decide between former township supervisor Keith Etzel and road crew worker Dave Polatty for a six-year term as supervisor.

The winner of that race will replace supervisor Miller, who did not seek re-election.

However, Miller will continue to serve as supervisor through the end of 2019.

If Miller and Rennard formally accept or acknowledge Clark's resignation at the Nov. 11 meeting, a 30-day window begins during which Miller and Rennard can appoint a third supervisor.

The person appointed to the vacancy created by Clark's resignation will serve only through the end of 2019.

But if Miller and Rennard do not appoint within that 30-day window, a 15-day period begins during which township vacancy chair Walter Shattenberg can cast a vote to appoint a third supervisor.

Those combined 45 days would take the township to approximately Dec. 26.

If no appointment is made by Miller and Rennard nor by Shattenberg, the vacancy would go before Clarion County Judge of Common Pleas James Arner.

That would give Arner, who also is leaving office at the end of the year, just three business days to fill a vacancy for a position that would end at the end of those three days.

Turning the calendar page to January, whoever wins the contest between Polatty and Etzel will be seated with Rennard for the township's annual state-mandated reorganizational meeting on Jan. 6, 2020.

According to Cindy Callihan, Clarion County director of elections, Rennard and the newly-elected supervisors will again have 30 days to appoint a third supervisor.

The third supervisor could be appointed on Jan. 6, but without having taken the oath of office, that person will not be able to participate in the reorganization session or the regular business meeting that will follow the reorganization session.

Finally, whoever ends up being appointed Jan. 6, 2020, to replace Clark will serve a two-year appointed term.

The seat would be up for election as a two-year term in the 2021 election cycle.

In the 2023 election, the seat will return to a six-year-term.


The Oct. 31 edition of the CLARION NEWS reported supervisors Miller, Rennard and Clark voted in favor of bridge repair work along Soap Fat and Black roads.

While all three supervisors voted in favor of the Soap Fat Road project, Miller did not cast a vote on the Black Road bridge project, noting he is leaving office and while he agreed the work needed to be done, he believed the decision should have been made by Rennard and Clark.