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EAST GREENWICH â€” Bradford Bishopâ€™s potential new career as a public servant for the town got a bit of a head start.
Bishop, who announced his candidacy for a seat on the Town Council back in late June for this coming election, will serve as a temporary member after being unanimously appointed by the Council following Mondayâ€™s meeting at Town Hall.
Bishop will conclude the remaining four months of the term for the late Council vice president, Henry Boezi, who passed away on July 21 at the age of 69 after spending nearly four decades serving the Town of East Greenwich â€“ with the last eight as member of the Town Council.
â€śWe didnâ€™t anticipate this and, certainly, nobody did,â€ť said Bishop, who received multiple congratulations from Councilmen Jeffrey Cianciolo, Michael Kiernan and Council president Michael Isaacs following Mondayâ€™s appointment. â€śIâ€™m delighted to dive right in on the Town Council.â€ť
Bishop served on the East Greenwich Planning Board for the last eight years and was the Planning Board chairman during the last four years. Bishop decided to run for Town Council last month because his term limit on the Planning Board was set to expire in January of 2013. Bishop was also a member of the Financial Advisory Board within the town and a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Senior Tax Credits board.
Bishop will be officially sworn in during the next Town Council meeting, which will be near the end of August.
Councilman Mark Gee was the first to recommend Bishop to fill Boeziâ€™s seat, lauding his work on the Planning Board in every facet, such as reviewing every application that comes before him with precision. Gee also complimented Bishopâ€™s attendance to Town Council meetings over the last several weeks, gaining an even stronger understanding of the inner workings of the Town.
â€śBrad has attended all of the meetings that I have attended,â€ť Gee said. â€śSo heâ€™s not a person who comes lazily in terms of dealing with the interest of the town.â€ť
Isaacs also echoed Geeâ€™s compliments of Bishop in his respective statement, saying that Bishopâ€™s goals are one in the same with the goals that the current members of the Town Council share.
â€śHe looks out for the interests of the taxpayers,â€ť Isaacs said.
With the Townâ€™s comprehensive plan â€“ which was approved by the Planning Board a few months ago â€“ set to be introduced to both the public and to the Town Council, Bishop is even more excited to have a seat at this stage because heâ€™ll have the opportunity to properly explain in detail what the future holds for East Greenwich.
â€śBeing able to implement a bunch of those elements where I can provide some continuity to the Council, be there for the actual discussion of it and to help them understand why we did what we did,â€ť he said. â€śThatâ€™s one thing I can do right away.â€ť
Even though heâ€™s thrilled to be selected by his new peers to be on the Council, Bishop still knows that thereâ€™s work that will need to be done both currently on the Council and talking with voter after voter in the hopes of making his stay on the Council more permanent.
â€śI still intend to run if I hadnâ€™t been appointed,â€ť Bishop said. â€śI still plan on knocking on a lot of doors and talk to a lot of people and I think thatâ€™s what most of the residents are going to look at to make their decision.â€ť