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STAFF PHOTO/ROBERT BAKER Michael Stabinsky, right, of Windham Township, was sworn as the newest county commissioner by Wyoming County President Judge Russell Shurtleff on Monday afternoon. He fills the vacancy left by the death of Ron Williams in December.

Mike Stabinsky, a Windham Twp. supervisor and a 25-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police, was sworn in Monday afternoon as Wyoming County Commissioner, filling the vacancy left when Ron Williams died in December.

Judge Russell Shurtleff had announced he was soliciting letters of interest in the vacancy, with an eye on the candidate also being a Democrat - same as Williams - and not having an interest in running for the same office in 2019.

Last week the judge passed on five names to Laura Dickson, chairman of the Wyoming County Democratic Committee, which interviewed the candidates and in turn made a recommendation to the judge as to whom they felt might make the best commissioner to fill Williams’ term which was set to expire next January.

(The others under consideration were Ed Coleman, Mic Cronin, Mike Keels, and Ellen Williams.)

Stabinsky is a 1974 graduate of Tunkhannock High School, and also holds an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from Penn State.

Before being sworn in, he resigned his position as Windham supervisor.

Stabinsky said he is interested in fairness as well as government that works, and he doesn’t see anything on the horizon that is of a serious concern at this juncture.

He has optimism about the county’s future and said he appreciates both the party’s and the judge’s confidence in his abilities.