Eureka Township supervisor takes medical leave of absence

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 9:27 am on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Laura Shears

EUREKA TOWNSHIP — After winning an election and surviving a recount, the Eureka Township supervisor is taking a medical leave of absence.

At Monday night’s Eureka Township Board meeting, Laura Shears recommended the board name Rodney Roy as interim supervisor and Marty Posekany as interim trustee and the board unanimously approved both recommendations, according to Roy.

Shears refused a request for comment from The Daily News.

“She said she was advised by her doctor to do this,” Roy told The Daily News. “I was informed of her recommendation after the recount, but before Monday’s meeting.”

Roy has been a longtime trustee and Planning Commissioner member with the township.

“I feel challenged, but yet excited and ready to go to work,” Roy said. “We’ve got a good township board and I think we’ve got a good township.”

Shears, a Democrat, was re-elected township supervisor on Nov. 6 despite a challenge from former township supervisor Les Lillie, a Republican. Shears received 921 votes compared to Lillie’s 902 votes.

Lillie requested a recount, which took place Dec. 5 at Eureka Township Hall. Lillie gained one vote, but Shears retained her election win.

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