The face of Aldan Borough government changed in one fell swoop last week as two high-profile figures, including its mayor of 16 years, resigned and one person retired. Council accepted all of the actions.
Longtime Aldan Borough Mayor James Hopely resigned for ongoing health reasons.
The 52-year Aldan resident was completing his 16th year as mayor. In addition, Hopely served three times as president of the Aldan Boosters Civic Association and is a 47-year member of the American Legion.
“Jim has truly enjoyed serving as mayor and loves this wonderful community,” read the letter written by Hopely’s wife, Joan. “He has worked alongside many great people for the benefit of the town. This was not an easy decision to be made, but is necessary due to Jim’s health. Please keep Jim in your thoughts and prayers.”
Council also accepted the retirement of borough treasurer Terry Quinn. In a letter, Quinn said after much consideration and after 10 years as treasurer, she decided to retire.
“I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to work with you and serve the residents of Aldan,” Quinn wrote. “Thank you for all that you and our police department do to make Aldan a wonderful place to raise a family.”
Council accepted the resignation of Councilwoman Peggy Brookes-Rankin but her move was not departing. Moments after she resigned from Council, she was appointed treasurer to fill Quinn’s unexpired term.
A replacement Council member must be named within 30 days to fill Brookes-Rankin’s unexpired term.
In other developments, Council dedicated May to the borough Town Watch organization. Town Watch is celebrating it’s 43rd anniversary and in the words of Council President Harry Short, “has become one of Aldan’s most contributing civic organizations.”
Founded in 1974, Aldan Town Watch, in it’s short history, has become an institution in the community.
Town Watch President Herb Hays accepted a resolution on behalf of the group.