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Sheehan announces candidacy for Rutland town justice

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RUTLAND CENTER — The former chairman of the town of Rutland Republican Committee has announced his candidacy for town justice.

George B. Sheehan, 68, Black River, said at the Town Council meeting Thursday that he was throwing his hat into the ring.

He will be on the Republican ballot Nov. 6. So far, no other candidate has declared.

The town needs to fill the vacancy caused by Judge Thomas E. Eddy’s resignation last month. June Eddy also resigned as court clerk.

Meanwhile, the council will consider applicants for appointment as permanent clerk and interim judge.The town’s other justice, Maureen T. Slate, offered to work both caseloads until a replacement is found for Judge Eddy, and the board agreed last month to give her double compensation during that period. Supervisor Raymond P. Cramer said during the meeting that town of Watertown Judge Andrew N. Capone was “willing and able to help out” as well.

Mr. Sheehan said he decided to run, and the party filed a certificate of nomination with the Jefferson County Board of Elections on his behalf.

The Massachusetts native retired from the Army in 1985 after 23 years, having served as a military police officer and a special agent in the Army Criminal Investigation Command. Following his military retirement, he was a chief in the nuclear security department at two Nine Mile Point plants.

Having obtained associate degrees in liberal arts and criminal justice from Jefferson Community College, Watertown, a bachelor’s degree in sociology from SUNY Potsdam and a master’s degree in teaching, he has taught at the middle and high school levels as well as at JCC.

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