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Bethlehem board selects justice

Town selects local attorney Michael Katzer to fill vacancy

Michael Katzer is sworn in to office by Town Justice Ryan Donovan Feb. 13, with wife Lita Katzer at his side.

Michael Katzer is sworn in to office by Town Justice Ryan Donovan Feb. 13, with wife Lita Katzer at his side. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— Clarkson said 15 people were interviewed for the position.

Katzer commended the board on the thorough vetting process. He said all applicants were interviewed, he felt the board asked appropriate questions and they also knew the qualifications they were seeking in a good candidate.

“This was truly democracy in action,” he said. “I’m very humbled by that and humbled to have been selected.”

Katzer will serve for at least the remainder of 2013. Whoever is selected in the November election will serve a four-year term.

An earlier version of this story stated the person who is elected to the position of town justice in November would serve just one year to finish the remainder of the term begun by former Justice Mark Jordan. That was incorrect. Due to a previous court case that originated in Bethlehem, newly elected justices always serve a four-year term. We're sorry for the discrepancy.

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