To date just two people have submitted letters of interest to fill the vacancy on the Portage Township board of supervisors created by the resignation of the chairman.

The resignation of Kenneth Trimbath was effective Friday.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday.

So far, Richard Olshavsky and William Cooper are the only applicants.

“People seem to be staying away,” Supervisor Elwood “Benny” Selapack said of what many thought would bring a large number of applicants. No one liked what Trimbath was doing, but few appear to want the job, Selapack said.

Selapack and Supervisor James Kovach will review the applications and, if they can reach a consensus, likely will name a replacement as early as the board’s meeting on Wednesday.

If no consensus can be reached, Selapack said, a replacement may be some time in coming.

Remaining members of the board have 30 days to act, after the application deadline.

If no one is appointed, the issue will be turned over to the vacancy board, which has 10 days to act.

Should the vacancy board be unable to make a decision, the matter will be taken to the Cambria County Court of Common Pleas, where the vacancy will be filled.

Olshavsky of Woodland Boulevard, has a long history with the township. He served as a supervisor for a period of 12 years between 1992 and 2006. In 2009, he lost his election bid in an effort to regain the post.

He works at GapVax Inc. in Johnstown and has been a regular attendee at township meetings, where he often poses challenges regarding the state’s Sunshine Law and other legal issues.

While a supervisor, Olshavsky was a full-time employee of the township road crew.

Cooper, of Shady Springs Road, served on the Portage Area school board in the early 2000s.

He is employed at Randall Motors in Portage.

Both applicants vigorously worked against a recent proposal for the township to purchase fulltime police service from Portage Borough.

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