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Ken Kyser, a former Holden Beach commissioner, was appointed to the town board Thursday morning.
Holden Beach officials held a special meeting at 10 a.m. June 27 to discuss how to fill the empty seat left after Commissioner Ray Lehr’s death one week earlier.
Kyser served on the town board for two terms, from 2007-11, but resigned one month prior to the November 2011 general election due to health problems.
Kyser said Thursday he was treated for Gall Bladder cancer and the chemotherapy, radiation treatments and multiple surgeries lead him to step down and ask Holden Beach residents not to vote for him, even though his name appeared on the 2011 ballot.
He said his doctors told him he is now clear of the cancer and he has told members of the Holden Beach community he intended to run for a commissioners’ seat again in the fall.
“They say I’m clean and clear. It’s been two years now,” Kyser said.
Kyser was in attendance for Thursday’s meeting but said he did not know he would be considered for appointment to the board. He added none of the current board members requested he attend; he was there to hear the discussion.
The board members split the vote to appoint Kyser.
Commissioner Sandy Miller made the motion to appoint him. She and Mayor Pro Tem Don Glander voted in favor of his appointment.
Commissioners Sheila Young and Dennis Harrington voted against Kyser’s appointment.
With the commissioners split, Mayor Alan Holden cast the deciding vote for Kyser.
“I wish it was under different circumstances and I wish the vote had been different, but it is what it is,” Kyser said.
“No one can fill Ray Lehr’s shoes, but I will do the best for the town, which is what I did before for four years as a commissioner.”
Town Clerk Heather Finnell swore him in immediately after the meeting adjourned.
Holden Beach town ordinances state Kyser’s appointment is effective immediately.
Brian Slattery is a staff writer for The Brunswick Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or email@example.com.