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Chapman appointed as Lake Placid village justice

November 10, 2017
By GRIFFIN KELLY - Staff Writer (gkelly@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Mayor Craig Randall appointed David Chapman as the new judge of the village at Monday night's Board of Trustees meeting.

Chapman, who was not at the meeting, is set to take the position in late December after receiving the proper training earlier in the month.

Randall said he had two applicants in mind when deciding the new judge position. He said he thinks Chapman is well qualified and has a good history in law.

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From left, Lake Placid village Mayor Craig Randall talks to Trustees Jason Leon and Scott Monroe and Treasurer Paul Ellis Monday, Nov. 6 at a regular meeting of the village Board of Trustees.
(News photo — Griffin Kelly)

Chapman previously worked at the Federal Correctional Institution in Ray Brook, was a former president of the North Country Community College Association of Professionals and taught criminal justice at NCCC.

In September, William Hulshoff surprised the village board of trustees with his resignation as village judge. Hulshoff is also currently on leave from his position as one of the presiding judges in the town of North Elba. Randall said Hulshoff is expected to return to his town position in early 2018, but that remains to be seen.

The other town judge, Dean Dietrich, will continue to work as both town and village judge until Chapman is instated next month.

One point that was addressed with Chapman's appointment is that he doesn't live within the village limits, although he does live in the town of North Elba. The policy for a new village judge to take office required him or her to live within the village limits; however, if the population of the village does not exceed 3,000 people, then the Board of Trustees can look to anyone in Essex County to fill the position.

Chapman will serve as judge until March of next year, when a village election will take place.

 
 

 

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