* -- UPDATED at 6 p.m. May 23 with new details.
Stephen Pholar (above) was appointed to White Oak Council on Monday at an abbreviated meeting.
A motion made by Council President Dave Pasternak to appoint Pholar to the position passed unanimously. Pholar has been a White Oak resident for 17 years.
Pholar was involved with government work for over 40 years as a consultant for economic development.
Council members Lou Bender, Charles Davis and Ed Babyak were absent, and the meeting ended after Councilman Ken Robb had to leave early.
Pholar fills a vacancy left last month when former Council Member Sean Robb announced his resignation.
Pholar took the oath of office from Magisterial District Judge Tom Miller on Tuesday, said John Palyo, borough manager.
In other business, new police officer Justin Liptak (above) was introduced to council. Mayor Ina Jean Marton welcomed Liptak to the White Oak Police Department.
Liptak attended Penn State Greater Allegheny and Thiel College.
Police activity for April included 18 arrests: 17 adults and one juvenile. Offenses included four assaults, 11 drug offenses, one DUI arrest, one public drunkenness complaint and one criminal trespassing complaint. Additionally, 63 traffic violations were issued.
Cami DiBattista is a freelance writer who covers municipal news from Duquesne and White Oak, as well as other topics, for Tube City Almanac.
Originally published May 23, 2018.