CLARKSON, N.Y. (WHAM) - Two days after former Clarkson Town Supervisor Jerry Underwood resigned, the Clarkson Town Board appointed someone else to fill the position.
The Clarkson Town Board elected Christa Filipowicz to fill the position in a special meeting held Tuesday night at Clarkson Town Hall. She is the first woman to be elected to the position.
Underwood was initially elected for a two-year term, but only served half of it. He cited personal reasons for his departure, saying it came after a long, thoughtful reflection. His full statement reads:
"After long, thoughtful and resourceful reflection with Clarkson Democratic Committee, Monroe County Democrat Committee, local and state politicians, my family, close friends, and my legal counsel, I have resigned as Supervisor of the Town of Clarkson due to personal reasons. Things I accomplished in my tenure: I encouraged bipartisan cooperation and civility in our local government. I respected everyone no matter what their party affiliation was. I worked hard everyday for all the residents and employees of the town. Best Regards, Jerry Underwood."
Some Clarkson residents say Underwood's resignation comes as a surprise. Some also say his decision could have been influenced by ongoing tensions between party lines.
"He frequently had a difficult time because the town board was so hostile," said Sheila Maynard, a member of Clarkson Democrats. "This was a weekly, daily occurrence."
Deputy Supervisor Allan Hoy says he tried to talk Underwood out of leaving.
"We all fight on the board," said Hoy. "Even the Republicans fight among themselves."
Ursula Liotta, the Assistant to the Highway Superintendent for the Town of Clarkson, released a statement saying, "Mr. Underwood took no interest in learning how to run the town, but instead created havoc in the name of his party."
Underwood had no comment following the meeting. Filipowicz will stay in the position until November, and then her name will be on the ballot come election time.