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Conrad appointed to vacant seat on Tonawanda Town Board

As an 18-year-old, William C. Conrad III was named in a Tonawanda Town Board resolution to be caretaker at the town’s Lincoln Pool.

Twenty years later, the Kenmore West High School teacher and lifelong town resident on Monday was appointed to the Town Board to fill a vacancy created Friday when former Councilman Joseph H. Emminger became supervisor.

“It’s a big honor,” Conrad, 38, told a crowd in Council Chambers that included many friends and family. “I’m filling big shoes here, of Joe Emminger.”

Conrad was sworn in by Town Justice Daniel T. Cavarello following the unanimous appointment to a one-year term on the five-member board.

“I’m just very happy to be promoting the health and prosperity of the town residents,” he said. “I think that’s foremost to me in the Town of Tonawanda. I’m happy to be in this position.”

A married father of three, Conrad told The Buffalo News he has three priorities.

He wants to ensure public safety; promote a “good society,” emphasizing voter turnout, good parenting and health and well-being; and make town government more efficient.

“If there’s somewhere we can make it more accessible for our citizens and more efficient, I’m all for it and I’ll push for that,” he told The News.

He was appointed chairman of the Town Board’s Water Resources committee.

Conrad said he plans on running in the fall to fill the remaining year in Emminger’s term, then again in November 2017 for a full four-year term.

Also at Monday’s reorganizational meeting, Councilman John A. Bargnesi Jr. was appointed deputy supervisor, the position formerly held by Emminger. John J. Flynn was appointed to another two-year term as town attorney, among dozens of other routine resolutions.

Salaries for elected officials were unchanged from last year.