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December 20, 2012

Janese measure evaporates as Kimble stripped of vice chair position on Water Board


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Lance, who was at the meeting as part of his duties in his new job, said he met Janese for the first time when he interviewed for the director of administrative services position.

"I had never met him before," Lance said. "He lives up here in the Falls and I'm a Wheatfield guy."

Lance said he saw the opening online after retiring from the Army in July and thought that he would be a good candidate for the position.

"I'm just really, really happy that Mr. Drof and the board had enough confidence in me to hire me," Lance said.

The members of the board who attended the meeting also voted unanimously to both strip Kimble of her title of vice chair of the board and to appoint Marchelos as the new vice chair.

Marchelos said that Kimble's assertions that Janese is in violation of the residency requirement are weak and the board shouldn't be asking state agencies to help them investigate the matter.

"To tell you frankly, in my own opinion, the attorney general is far too busy for issues like this," he said.

Marchelos feels that for board members to be voting on the qualifications of other board members makes a mockery of the board, he said.

"They were going after Ted (Janese) professionally," Marchelos said. "That was very wrong. Very wrong."

Marchelos said that he and the other board members who voted to strip Kimble of her position felt the vice chair of the board shouldn't be personally attacking other board members over board decisions or attacking the integrity of John Ottaviano, the board's attorney, as she did in the resolution to ask the attorney general to help investigate Janese's residency.

"For all those reasons that person shouldn't be vice chair," Marchelos said, "just based on that resolution alone."



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