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Cy Burke Named to Open At-Large Council Seat

Burke will fill the seat left open when former Councilman Dwayne Royster stepped down in April.

Norristown Municipal Council held a special meeting Friday evening at Norristown Municipal Hall and named Cyril "Cy" Burke as interim replacement for former At-Large Councilman Dwayne Royster's seat. Royster stepped down on April 5.

Burke, who is retired, currently serves on the board of Norristown's Municipal Waste Authority and worked locally as a manager for the 2010 U.S. Census. He and his wife, Donna, lived in Norristown for six years and Burke is said to be well liked and respected in the municipality.

"We were looking for an individual who was intelligent, could understand the dynamics of the position, who could make good, strong decisions as well as understand that this was a short-term [assignment]," said Council President Gary Simpson of council's choice of Burke for the seat.

Simpson said other candidates were considered, including former council members, but Burke was the best fit for the position.

Burke will be sworn in at Tuesday's council meeting. Hold the seat until the November election, when a new council member will be elected.

Michael May 04, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Cy is an excellent choice for council seat. Very level headed, thoughtful. It is good to see that council moving beyond just recycling past council members for this appointment. Also Cy has no conflict of interest since he doesn't work for the county, doesn't work for another elected politician and doesn't receive a paycheck from a political party organization. Something that voters should consider both in this election and future elections...
MzPaula May 04, 2013 at 07:10 PM
I think Cy would be a good council person also, but isn't he on another board. in the past before this council that would constitute a conflict of interest. Until Cathy Lawrence council members couldn't be on any other boards or authorities in the municipality. Lately the last two rounds of Council people seem to ignore some of the things in the Charter, however I am extremely happy they didn't choose a couple of the former council members rumored.
Tri Success May 06, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Great observation!
Tri Success May 06, 2013 at 11:02 PM
I agree!

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