SALEM TWP. – The township supervisors accepted the resignation of Supervisor Robert Pearse on Tuesday night and immediately voted to install Steve Fraind as Pearse's successor.
Fraind previously served for six years on the board but lost a re-election bid in 2009 to Joseph Siecko. Fraind more recently represented the township on the Berwick Area Joint Sewer Authority, but he was also replaced by Siecko during a municipal reorganization in January.
Pearse was serving the third year of a four-year term. He was scheduled to run for re-election in the 2013 primary.
Fraind was appointed to serve the balance of Pearce's term. He said he will run next year for election to a full term.
In other business, the supervisors:
• Approved a new flood plain ordinance to comply with FEMA regulations.
• Presented Zachary West with a certificate of appreciation for his service to the township.
• Decided Berkheimer Associates will succeed Centax/Don Wilkinson Agency as the earned income tax collector.
• Accepted the resignation of Rich Eyer, a fire department official.