Michael Brant, 37, is the new mayor of Meyersdale. Submitted Photo/ The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Council appointed a mayor Tuesday night, and already he has his hands in a project – helping the borough consider a regional police force.

From two applicants, council chose Michael Brant, a 37-year-old lifelong borough resident, to fill former Mayor Art Seitz’s position.

Seitz stormed out of a May meeting and resigned the next day.

Brant kept his application letter and comments after the meeting to a minimum. “I’m looking forward to working with council,” he said.

The other applicant for mayor, Martha Curran, did not appear at the meeting.

“I’m going by what (Brant) has done for the community,” Councilman Rick Sechler said. Brant is vice president of the borough’s Parks and Recreation board.

Right away, he’ll have plenty of work – council members approved examining a regional police force and appointed him to a study committee.

Dave Holler, a part-time officer in Elk Lick Township, approached council about joining other localities – Salisbury, Garrett and Summit Township – in studying a regional force to provide 24-hour coverage.

The state is expected to conduct and pay for a feasibility study. Public meetings will be held to gather residents’ input.

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