JOHNSBURG - Newly elected officers and Board of Directors of the Johnsburg Historical Society include the society's president, Bill Thomas of North Creek. The annual election was conducted at the Copperfield Inn Monday, Dec. 7.
Other election officers include Vice President Sally Heidrich, Treasurer Larry Carr, Recording Secretary Erika Bornn and Corresponding Secretary Lois Yandon. The Board of Directors includes the five officers and Barbara Gardineer, Kathy Maiorana, Sally Murray and Martha Von Czoernig.
Sally Heidrich delivered words of praise for the tenure of outgoing President Lyle Dye, whose four years were highlighted by close cooperation with the North Creek Railroad Depot Museum and sale of the book, Echoes in These Mountains. She also noted the continued good fortune of JHS in having its new administration lead by Thomas with his deep roots in the community and with his extraordinary leadership skills.
The new president, a Warren County native, was raised in Pottersville. He married Carol Waldron and is father to Robert, Matthew, Bruce, William and Ryan.
Thomas has dedicated most of his career to serving in several capacities on behalf of the Town of Johnsburg, including service as Town Justice and many years as an active member of the North Creek Fire Department. Thomas is probably best known for his long service as Town of Johnsburg Supervisor from 1990 until 2007. In that capacity he also served as Chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors from 2001 until 2007.
While serving as Chairman, Thomas received the praise of Mr. William Kenny, then Temporary Chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors.
"Our leader, Bill Thomas, has all of the attributes of a good leader," he said. "Martin Luther King once said that a genuine leader is not a searcher of consensus, but a molder of consensus. I believe that our leader, Bill Thomas, is our very own molder of consensus."
Supervisor Thomas noted what he regards as highlights of his tenure, namely the landfill closure and the start of the recycling program.
Presently, Thomas serves as a commissioner of the Adirondack Park Agency and deals with major issues such as planning, hamlet expansion and land use.
Citing his wife Carol's love of history and genealogy, Thomas notes that his acceptance of the presidency of JHS is a fitting honor to her memory.