Smithville considering eliminating justice spot

SMITHVILLE FLATS – Smithville’s town leaders intend to cut one of the town’s two justice positions prior to the November election.

According to Town Supervisor Allan I. Johnson, he and the town board have been considering eliminating one of the two justice positions for some time, but the matter was brought to the forefront when Judges Bill Lenga and Bruce Braman both resigned in December.

Lenga, who served on the local bench for 15 years, tendered his resignation in October. Dec. 15 was his last day. Braman was elected to the position in November of 2009 and served one year, from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.

According to Lenga, he and Braman each decided separately to step down from their elected positions. In his case, he said, the decision was based on the increasing demands of the role, for which he received a $3,000 stipend each year.

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