The leadership of Hellertown borough was symbolically passed from long-time mayor Richard S. Fluck to his successor, David J. Heintzelman, at borough council’s first meeting of 2018 Tuesday evening.
Heintzelman–who is the owner Heintzelman Funeral Home Inc. and has been heavily involved in borough civic affairs for many years–was sworn in by Northampton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Emil Giordano.
He was elected mayor of the borough–which has approximately 6,000 residents and serves as the business hub for Saucon Valley–in November, after running unopposed in both the primary and general elections.
Fluck, who served 5 four-year terms as mayor, was appointed chairman of the borough’s vacancy board during the subsequent council meeting Tuesday.
Two newly-elected council members–Kevin Lott and Gil Stauffer–were also sworn in Tuesday night, along with councilmen Tom Rieger and James Hill, both of whom were re-elected to four-year terms on council in November.
Rieger was unanimously reappointed borough council president and councilman Phil Weber was unanimously appointed council vice president.
“We will all continue to work in the best interests of the borough, and to make sure that tomorrow’s better than today,” Rieger said.
He noted that the large turnout of guests for the swearing in ceremonies was significant in that it was the largest audience at a council meeting in some time.
Heintzelman–whose wife and children were present for the swearing in ceremony–promised to do his best to serve the borough as mayor.