Aldan Borough Council, last week, unanimously appointed Joseph C. Blackburn, Jr. as mayor to fill the unexpired term of James Hopely who retired last month for health reasons.
Blackburn has lived in Aldan for 34 years, was active with the Aldan Boy’s Club and spent his summers at the Aldan Swim Club.
He is a graduate of Penn Wood High School and following graduation, joined the Delaware County Domestic Relations Warrant Division, where he located and arrested people delinquent in paying child support.
Blackburn joined the Sheriff’s Office and eventually rose through the ranks. He was promoted to sergeant, lieutenant, deputy chief, and finally sheriff of Delaware County.
During his time at the Sheriffs Office, he earned an associates degree in Administration of Justice from Delaware County Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from West Chester University. He is also a graduate of the Delaware County Community College Municipal Police Academy.
After completing his term as sheriff, Blackburn accepted a position at PECO as a senior security specialist. He also was employed as a part-time Aldan police officer for 10 years.
In a related motion, Council appointed Joseph Connolly as a member to that body to fill the seat vacated by Peggy Brookes Rankin, who last month, was appointed borough treasurer.
Connolly has lived in Aldan for 22 years and is a graduate of Penn Wood High School and throughout the years has taken leadership roles with Aldan sports teams.
He was a coach and member of the Board of Directors of the Aldan Boys Club for a four-year term. Connolly was elected president of the club and led the organization for three terms.
He has also served on the borough Board of Recreation and the Zoning Hearing Board.
An electrician by trade, Connolly has been a member of the IBEW for 27 years and remains an active participant in the IBEW’s volunteer program, which provides electrical services to the needy.
Both men were sworn in to office by Magisterial District Judge Kelly Micozzi-Aguirre.