TUPPER LAKE - The village board appointed Leonard Young III to the position of village justice.
Young, who was already an acting village justice and an elected Tupper Lake town justice, will take over for Judge Michael DeMars, who resigned at the end of November due to a conflict with a job he took as an investigator with the state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.
Young will make the same salary DeMars did, $18,000 a year. He gave up the stipend he earned as acting justice.
Village Clerk Mary Casagrain suggested to board members at a recent meeting that they consider looking for a permanent replacement and think about sending someone to school to train for it.
Village Mayor Paul Maroun wasn't a fan of that idea.
"What if we train somebody and they don't want to run, or if we train somebody and they lose?" Maroun said.
The position will be up for election next November, and the person who wins the election will serve the two years remaining on DeMars' term.
The board decided that there's time before the election to discuss the potential of training someone.
When asked if the village might get rid of its court, as the village of Saranac Lake started the process of doing last year, board members said they will consider that option, too.
"Everything's on the table," said Trustee Tom Snyder.